Intuitive Machines, a Houston-based company, successfully deployed its Odysseus robot to the southern region of the moon.

The company's flight director, Tim Crain, confirmed that the equipment was on the moon's surface and transmitting data. 

This marks the first time a commercial American company successfully launched and conducted a space mission, ending the United States' fifty-year hiatus from the moon's surface. 

The mission was a significant moment for commercial space utilization and the overall US space program. 

Nasa bought space on Odysseus for six scientific instruments, and its administrator, Bill Nelson, praised intuitive machines for a successful mission 

As it happened, the Odysseus spacecraft successfully landed on the moon, and NASA hailed the event as a "giant leap forward." 

It marked the first commercial soft moon landing and the initial vehicle produced in the United States since the Apollo missions fifty years ago.

The IM-1 mission is part of a renewed global competition to reach the moon, with China, India, and Japan having successfully landed spacecraft on the moon. 

Intuitive machines replaced Odysseus' main navigation sensors with NASA's laser-based Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL).