In December 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts took humankind’s last steps on the moon. In February 2024, the return journey continues.
Intuitive Machines has sent the unmanned Nova-C lunar lander to the surface of the Moon for the first visit of a U.S. spacecraft in more than 50 years, with Columbia’s Omni-Heat™ Infinity technology helping protect it from extreme temperatures in space.
As part of NASA’s Artemis Program lunar exploration efforts, the IM-1 mission will help to lay the foundation for a sustainable human presence on the Moon. More broadly, it is an ambitious scientific quest fueled by a desire to fully understand our solar system and gain knowledge to help progress humanity.
For Columbia, it is an unparalleled opportunity for exploration and discovery, paving the way for advancements in technologies and materials innovations that will enhance our products and ultimately the lives of our customers.