The lander, fueled by methane and oxygen, is considered a “greener” type of spacecraft. Morpheus does not carry a crew, but is capable of selecting safe landing zones autonomously.
— Wendy Watkins (@SpaceGirlWendy) April 2, 2014
In a 2009 article, NASA noted that crafts powered by this type of fuel “are not only cheaper and safer here on Earth, but could also be potentially manufactured on the moon or even Mars.”
The Morpheus project has something of a checkered past. In 2012, during the first test flight, Morpheus crashed and caught on fire.
Work on Morpheus began in 2010. For now, Morpheus has yet to be cleared for an outer space mission.
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