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Update: NASA to Join Astrobotic’s Media Call on Peregrine Mission One

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Editor’s note: NASA updated this media advisory Jan. 18, 2024, to reflect a change in the date and time of the call, as well as the participants.

NASA will join an Astrobotic media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Friday, Jan. 19, to discuss updates on their Peregrine Mission One, which is carrying science for the agency as part of its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

The audio-only teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.

Following a successful launch on Jan. 8, Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander experienced a propulsion issue after the spacecraft entered its operational state. This is preventing Astrobotic from achieving a soft landing on the Moon. Aboard the Peregrine spacecraft are five NASA science instruments, several of which are receiving power and gathering data.

Participants on the call include:

  • Joel Kearns, deputy associate administrator for Exploration, Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • John Thornton, CEO, Astrobotic, Pittsburgh
  • Dan Hendrickson, vice president, Business Development, Astrobotic
  • Sharad Bhaskaran, mission director, Peregrine Mission One, Astrobotic
  • Ander Solorzano, flight director and principal systems engineer, Astrobotic

To participate in the teleconference, media must RSVP online no later than two hours before the start of the call to Astrobotic.

Learn more about CLPS at:


Karen Fox
Headquarters, Washington

Nilufar Ramji
Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston

Alivia Chapla