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NASA Redirects Intuitive Machines’ First Mission to the Lunar South Pole Region

Updated: Mar 31, 2023


Intuitive Machines, LLC (“Intuitive Machines” or the “Company”), a leading space exploration, infrastructure, and services company, is collaborating with NASA to prioritize the return of lunar scientific data in support of the Artemis Program. As part of this joint effort, Intuitive Machines will shift the landing site of its first mission to the lunar South Pole Region in support of NASA’s priority objectives.


“Redirecting Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission landing site is a testament to our collective

commitment to supporting NASA’s Artemis Program and advancing lunar exploration for the benefit of humanity,” said Steve Altemus, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Intuitive

Machines. “The Company is honored to accept the historic and scientific responsibility of

bringing the United States to the lunar South Pole Region for the first time ever.”


Intuitive Machines is working closely with its stakeholders to ensure a seamless landing site

change. The landing date is currently scheduled for late June of 2023. This change is expected to positively impact Intuitive Machines’ backlog. More importantly, Intuitive Machines views this as a significant win for the Artemis Program.


NASA has its sights set on locations around the South Pole Region for the Artemis era of

human lunar exploration. The agency has identified the South Pole Region as one with

characteristics that hold promise for unprecedented deep-space scientific discoveries, like

discovering water ice on the Moon. Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander would become the first spacecraft to land on the Moon’s South Pole Region.


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