In the space race to make history, another private company aims for the moon

A United States company aimed for the stars on Thursday, hoping to land on the moon after a rival lunar lander failed last month.

As part of a mission to be the first U.S. lunar lander to touch the moon in more than 50 years, Intuitive Machines joined the growing competition with an attempt to become one of the first private companies to do so.   

The midnight launch of the NASA-sponsored SpaceX’s Falcon saw the rocket take off for the 238,000-mile journey from its lift-off at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA-SpaceX online video showed Intuitive Machines’ six-legged Nova-C Lander, Odysseus, dispatching from the Falcon 139 miles above Earth. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from pad
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