In a shocking story today, NASA’s experimental “green” moon lander, dubbed “Morpheus Lander” exploded in a test flight today. At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 12:40 PM EDT, the prototype barely lifted off and toppled over, thus causing an explosion. The unmanned Morpheus lander could supposedly deliver payloads to the moon and other solar bodies.
“During today’s free-flight test of the Project Morpheus vehicle, it lifted off the ground and then experienced a hardware component failure, which prevented it from maintaining stable flight. No one was injured, and the resulting fire was extinguished by KSC fire personnel.”
The Morpheus Lander could have delivered around 1100 pounds of cargo to the moon. It had a precision landing system that could be used to help a probe rendezvous with an asteroid in deep space. The project costed around $7 million throughout the past 2.5 years.
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