Look at the closest images obtained from the Moon's south pole 1:00

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The Odysseus mission revealed extraordinary new images of the spacecraft in the moments immediately after its stressful and historic landing on the surface of the Moon.

This is the first American-made vehicle to achieve such a feat in 50 years.

This image was taken by the Odysseus module just after landing on the Moon, when the ship's engine was still running in search of stability, raising dust from the lunar surface.

(Photo: NASA Johnson. Intuitive Machines).

Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based company that developed the Odysseus lander, shared the photos at a press conference Wednesday.

During the event, officials from the company and NASA –– which paid for the flight of the mission's scientific instruments –– also confirmed that all of the Odysseus devices are transmitting data.

Therefore, they declared the mission a success despite major setbacks during the spacecraft's dramatic descent to the lunar surface.

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Mission controllers celebrated the success, applauding "the magnificent work done by this robust and fortunate lander all the way to the Moon," said Steve Altemus, CEO of Intuitive Machines.

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The spacecraft was still transmitting data from its resting place near the Moon's south pole on Wednesday afternoon.

This second image shared by Intuitive Machine was taken on February 27, days after the February 22 landing.

The company said flight controllers directed Odysseus to capture the image using its narrow field-of-view camera.

(Photo: Intuitive Machines)

Odysseus suffered navigation problems in the hours before landing on the moon last Thursday.

Additionally, when the rover reached its destination – landing in an eroded crater near the Moon's largely unexplored south pole – it stumbled on the surface, leaving the rover tilted on its side, Intuitive Machines revealed this week. Friday.

At the previous NASA and Intuitive Machines briefing, which took place on Friday, the status of the spacecraft and all of its scientific instruments was unclear.


However, NASA officials revealed Wednesday that Odysseus has overcome all difficulties and returned data from all six NASA instruments, as well as payloads added by commercial companies, including a dual-camera observatory added on board by NASA. company Canadensys Aerospace, based in Toronto.

Many of the instruments aboard Odysseus were designed to obtain information while the spacecraft was in transit to the Moon and during the crucial moments of descent to the lunar surface.

NASA's Navigation

Doppler Lidar

, or NDL, for example, went from being an experimental instrument performing a test flight to becoming a crucial tool in saving the mission in the final hours before Odysseus touched down.