The next moon landing could be filmed with this out-of-this-world selfie camera

IM-1 Lander
IM-1 Lander will decend to the moon being filmed by a drone-like selfie camera (Image credit: Intuitive Machine)

With more than a 50 year gap since the Apollo missions, Americans are setting themselves some interesting challenges in their new lunar missions, and Intuitive Machines are very keen to land on the lunar pole where it is believed resources might even include water. At the same time they plan to record the automated landing from the outside for the first time ever.

In other words, the IM-1 mission, which is a commercial flight, needs to get a camera close enough to the surface to see the landing unfolding, but not physically attached to the lander as in the past. If it could be pulled off, it'd be the first time anyone got a third-person view of an spacecraft landing anywhere except earth. This is exactly the plan for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University PhD students.

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Adam Juniper
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