The Peregrine robot from Astrobotic is stable and functional, but the loss of fuel has steadily decreased. The company’s engineers continue to work on finding solutions to extend Peregrine’s life expectancy, and there is growing optimism that the robot could survive much longer than currently estimated. Despite losing fuel due to an explosion at the beginning of the journey, Astrobotic’s lander has succeeded in taking pictures and operating scientific equipment.
The lander’s intended destination has not been confirmed, prompting space enthusiasts to make their own calculations. There have been concerns about the possibility of the lander ending its mission by littering the surface of the Moon with cargo. The company faces controversy over delivering the ashes and DNA of individuals to the moon, with objections from groups such as the Navajos, who consider it a desecration of an important celestial body for them.
The journey of Astrobotic’s ship continues, with speculation about its trajectory and potential landing date. The leaking fuel introduces uncertainty about its course, but there is also hope that the lander could be used for a future mission in November to carry NASA’s Viper rover to the Moon’s south pole.