Houston, We Has A Problemo: Morpheus Lunar Lander Test Ends With Crash And Burn, Eventual Explosion

August 10, 2012


Seen here after things took a turn for the worse (worst?), NASA's new Morpheus Lander ends its life on a test launchpad. Things start off smooth enough (it goes up), but then it falls on its side and catches fire. Worthwhile explosion at 1:52 and 2:12. Some more info so you can impress a date and, I dunno, maybe score a kiss:

As streamed live by NASA, on 8/9/2012 at the Kennedy Space Center, the Project Morpheus lander attempted its first free-flight test. However shortly into the test a hardware component failure caused the craft to flip over and crash down in flames, followed by several explosions.

Project Morpheus is a prototype "green" lander that is relatively inexpensive and more fuel efficient than previous lander designs. Project Morpheus has cost $7 million over 2.5 years, inexpensive for a NASA project, due to "lean development" practices.

Listen NASA, I'm all for doing things inexpensively, but if your new ,cheap lunar landers just crash and explode they're like, not that good of a deal, you know? Imagine you're at Best Buy and they're selling 55" flatscreens for $150. You buy one, but when you get it home, it doesn't turn on. Now how good of a deal was it? Food for thought.

Hit the jump for the sadness. Boom-booms at 1:52 and 2:12.

Thanks to Ferrous, who actually gives a damn about space and I like that.

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