Time is running out for the doomed Peregrine lunar lander after a crippling fuel leak

Time is running out on Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander after it suffered a serious fuel leak shortly after being launched into space early Monday (Jan. 8).

America's private lunar lander blasted off Monday during a flawless first launch of United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan Centaur rocket as the primary booster payload. However, hours later, Astrobotic reported that the Peregrine lunar lander encountered an anomaly on its way to the Moon, which prevented it from orienting itself properly. Several updates followed over the course of Monday, including a photo taken by the lander while in space in which damaged insulation can be seen on the spacecraft, indicating a leak in Peregrine's propulsion system.

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