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The Peregrine 1 robotic spacecraft is falling to Earth – where and when it is expected to crash

The Peregrine 1 robotic spacecraft is falling to Earth – where and when it is expected to crash

The US spacecraft “Peregrine 1”, which was launched to the moon, is expected to crash into Earth tonight, after 10 days in space.

The unmanned rover, developed by Pittsburgh-based and US-based Astrobotics, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 8, aiming for the first US moon landing in more than five decades, which will open the way for NASA to return astronauts. To the moon within the framework of the Artemis program in 2026.

However, the end of the project was ignominious, as the company announced a few hours later that the spacecraft was suffering from a fuel leak and would therefore not be able to complete its mission.

It is not easy to determine whether the lander will “survive” its return to Earth. Peregrine is traveling much faster than a typical satellite returning to Earth, so it will generate more heat as it blasts through the atmosphere, Guadian reports.
Peregrine 1 is expected to land at around 11pm Greek time in an uninhabited area of ​​the South Pacific Ocean, about 640 kilometers south of the Fiji Islands, where Astrobotic says it is making efforts to safely reenter Earth's atmosphere and not do so. To crash to the ground.

Angus Stewart, head of space monitoring and tracking at the UK Space Agency, said: “The challenge facing this particular object was the uncertainty about its precise orbital position, due to the leakage of primary fuel on board.” “Once the leak stopped, the orbit became more stable and we were able to successfully track Peregrine 1,” he added.

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