HomeAstronomyLittle CAPSTONE cubesat ready to launch on big moon mission next month

Little CAPSTONE cubesat ready to launch on big moon mission next month

Early next month, Rocket Lab is slated to launch a pathfinding cubesat mission that supports NASA’s Artemis return-to-the moon program. 

The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment — mercifully called CAPSTONE for short — tips the scales at a modest 55 pounds (25 kilograms). This microwave-oven-sized spacecraft will be lofted from New Zealand aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket equipped with a Lunar Photon upper stage.

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