The first moon lander launch in decades almost didn't happen

5, 4, 3, 2 … drama

Vulcan launch.
The Vulcan Centaur launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
(Image credit: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. recently launched what would have been its first commercial lunar lander since 1972, a flight that nearly stopped before it started. After a successful launch in January, the Peregrine lander was set to land on the moon's surface in February 2024. Part of the plan was for the rocket to deposit some human remains on the moon after landing. This sparked sufficient backlash to nearly ground Peregrine for good. 

What was the goal?

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