A lunar module from an American company will soon burn in the Earth’s atmosphere

Florida — The lunar module of an American company will soon burn up in the atmosphere of the Land after a failed trip to the Moon.

The Astrobotic Technology company reported that its module heads back to Earth from the vicinity of the Moon. Company employees expect the mission to end on Thursday. Astrobotic is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, in English) in monitoring the module’s trajectory and noted that it should not pose any safety risk during its fiery entry.

The lander, called Peregrine, took off from Cape Canaveral on Monday of last week. However, it quickly developed a fuel leak that forced Astrobotic to abandon its attempt to make the first American moon landing in more than 50 years. The company suspects a stuck valve caused a rupture in the tank.

Astrobotic detailed that it has consulted NASA and other government officials to end the mission in the best way. The company said it does not want to put satellites around Earth at risk or create a danger for future spacecraft flying to the Moon.

It was a “difficult decision,” the company said in an update posted online Sunday night. “By responsibly ending the Peregrine mission, we are doing our part to preserve the future” of space exploration.

NASA paid more than $100 million to place experiments on the Peregrine module. It is part of the space agency’s attempts to commercialize lunar deliveries by private companies as the government works to return astronauts to the moon.

The module also carried on board a rover from Carnegie Mellon University and other privately funded research, as well as the ashes and DNA of 70 people, including “Stark Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and science author fiction Arthur C. Clarke.

Another American company, Intuitive Machines, is scheduled to launch its own lunar module next month.