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Robert Pearlman

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NASA awarded Intuitive Machines a second contract to deliver research, including three technology demonstrations, to the moon.
The investigations aboard Intuitive Machines' Nova-C lander for the IM-2 mission are destined for the lunar south pole on a ridge not far from Shackleton crater. After landing, the Polar Resources Ice-Mining Experiment-1 (PRIME-1) drill, known as The Regolith Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain (TRIDENT), will attempt to drill up to three feet deep, extract lunar soil – called regolith – and deposit it on the surface for water analysis. PRIME-1's other instrument, the Mass Spectrometer observing lunar operations (MSolo), will measure volatile gases that readily escape from the material excavated by TRIDENT.
Intuitive Machines has a a preview of the IM-2 mission patch on its website and as a design available to order on apparel through Lands' End:

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