Beginning at 11 a.m. EST today, tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for NASA’s lunar science media teleconference, which will highlight the NASA payloads flying on Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander to the Moon as part of the agency’s CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) initiative and Artemis campaign.

Participants include:

  • Susan Lederer, CLPS project scientist, NASA Johnson
  • Farzin Amzajerdian, principal investigator, Navigation Doppler Lidar, NASA Langley
  • Tamara Statham, co-principal investigator, Lunar Node 1, NASA Marshall
  • Daniel Cremons, deputy principal investigator, Laser Retro-Reflector Array, NASA Goddard
  • Nat Gopalswamy, principal investigator, Radio Observations of the Lunar Surface Photoelectron Sheath, NASA Goddard
  • Michelle Munk, principal investigator, Stereo Camera for Lunar Plume-Surface Studies, NASA Langley
  • Lauren Ameen, deputy project manager, Radio Frequency Mass Gauge, NASA Glenn

Then at 1:30 p.m. EST tomorrow, there will be a lunar delivery readiness media teleconference to confirm all NASA payloads are go for launch.

Participants include:

  • Joel Kearns, deputy associate administrator for Exploration, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Debra Needham, program scientist, Exploration Science Strategy and Integration Office, NASA Headquarters
  • Trent Martin, Vice President of Space Systems, Intuitive Machines
  • William Gerstenmaier, VP, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • Arlena Moses, launch weather officer, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s 45th Weather Squadron

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander at 12:57 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 14 from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Intuitive Machines is targeting landing on the Moon on Thursday, Feb. 22. The company’s Nova-C lander will carry NASA science instruments focusing on plume-surface interactions, space weather/lunar surface interactions, radio astronomy, precision landing technologies, and a communication and navigation node for future autonomous navigation technologies.

To learn more about some of the scientific research and technology demonstrations flying to the Moon as part of the CLPS initiative visit https://www.nasa.gov/clps

Tune Into NASA Prelaunch Events for Intuitive Machines’ First Mission to the Moon