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Astrobotic unveils the artwork for its PM1 commercial lunar mission

On March 10, 2021, American robotics company Astrobotic Technology released new artwork that will be the company’s official patch for its first mission, the Peregrine Mission One (PM1).  The mission will be the first private and commercial lunar landing and the second after NASA’s 1969 Apollo mission. Astrobotics specializes in designing landers and rovers to deliver payloads to the moon.

The lander will carry about twenty-four payloads to Lacus Mortis, the hexagonal plain on the moon’s rear side. The payload consists of National Aerospace and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) scientific payloads for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

The mission is scheduled for later this year, and the lander will lift off from the Canaveral Space Force Station abode the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan space vehicle. Peregrine Lunar Lander has five main engines and four thrusters that aid in attitude control. The spacecraft has four legs and uses solar energy for propulsion. The artwork depicts a peregrine falcon ascending towards the moon. It is somehow similar to NASA’s patch for the Apollo mission that featured an American bald eagle.

“We wanted to create a clean and modern design, but also reference previous historic missions. Utilizing our Peregrine bird imagery was a nod to NASA’s Apollo 11 patch, highlighting the historical significances and firsts that our mission accomplishes,” said Sarah Huth, graphic designer at Astrobotic Technology.

In the artwork, the moon has seven craters. These represent the seven nations that are sending their payload using the Peregrine Lander. The countries are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Chile.

“In terms of concept, we emphasized movements, exploration, and the strength of our maiden voyage upwards,” said Huth. The patch shows a peregrine falcon looking up to the moon. “Using the Astrobotic logo to lift the Peregrine towards the moon captured the spirit of our team as we develop and prepare our own Peregrine lander for Mission 1,” added Huth.

Using the peregrine falcon’s name symbolizes the different countries and cultures represented in this future mission, just like how a peregrine falcon is found in five of the six continents. Astrobotic Peregrine will be carrying the dreams of different people such as the Agencia Espacial Mexicana, NASA, and UK’s SpaceBit.

“Our Peregrine lander is aptly named to represent how Astrobotic has nimbly adapted to the many challenges and changing landscapes of the space sector,” said John Thornton, Astrobotic’s chief executive officer.

Astrobotic will avail the Peregrine Mission One artwork for sale from April this year through its online store. “Meaningful symbolism throughout the design tells our PMI story every time it’s sewn onto a jacket or projected onto a screen,” said Huth.

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