The launch of NASA's CAPSTONE
moon mission has been pushed back again, this time to no earlier than June 25.
NASA and launch provider
Rocket Lab had been eyeing yesterday (June 13) as the soonest possible liftoff date for CAPSTONE
But the CAPSTONE team
has pushed the target date to June 25, NASA officials announced in a brief blog post today (June 14).
If all goes according to plan,
the microwave-oven-sized satellite will settle into a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) around the moon
No probe has ever occupied
a lunar NRHO, so "CAPSTONE will help reduce risk for future spacecraft
Also the cubesat will perform
communications and navigation tests in tandem with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
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