NEW YORK – The first American moon lander in more than five decades lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on a private mission early Monday.

The image above released by NASA shows Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander being encapsulated in the payload fairing, or nose cone, of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket on Nov 21, 2023, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.