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Intuitive machines IM-1 ("Odysseus") lunar lander: commercial sponsorship

It's a little more nuanced than just an ad. Columbia Sportswear provided some thermal insulation for the vehicle. Here is a Columbia Sportswear ad about their contributions to the mission (link to ad ...
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Intuitive machines IM-1 ("Odysseus") lunar lander: commercial sponsorship

No. Despite distinct similarities, that turns out to be Columbia Sportswear's logo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Sportswear So the panel shown bears two company names (Intuitive and Columbia)...
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How much is the estimated amount of ilmenite present on Lunar surface?

Ilmenite occurs in abundances as high as 25 wt% in some lunar basalts. Maximum yields calculated as mass of oxygen per mass of rock thus range from 2-2.5 wt%. https://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/lunar/lnews/...
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Is TIG or laser welding feasable for building aluminum habitats either on the Moon or in orbit?

Answer: I think wire-feed MIG (metal inert gas) welding would be the better choice for structural aluminum space habitats. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19940000578 TIG (tungsten inert gas) has ...
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When would the Soviets have landed on the moon, if NASA had not beaten them to it?

I think they would have eventually. Their N1 program faced technical challenges both before and after Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. N1 Launch Attempts Feb 21st, 1969 July 3rd, 1969 ...
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How did the Lunar module reached orbit speed?

How did they reach 1600 m/s: the dry weight of the LM ascent module was only 2150 kg. The propellant mass was 2350 kg, so slightly over 50% of the ascent module weight was propellant. this weight was ...
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How to simulate the environment of the moon for rovers on earth?

Parts of the rover, such as the suspension, drive train, and autonomous decision making, navigation, and obstacle avoidance capabilities can tested by creating a multi-physics model of the rover and ...
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How to simulate the environment of the moon for rovers on earth?

You just simulate it. First under normal earth gravity, then under 1/6th G. Several so-called crew station reviews have been performed.
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