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Sylacauga native Haskell Beckham’s innovative technology helps realize historic moon mission


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – As a potentially historic private moon mission unfolds, the ingenuity of Sylacauga’s own Haskell “Hack” Beckham has taken center stage.

The Odysseus, a robotic lunar lander, embarked on its journey atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center just two weeks ago on Thursday morning, Feb. 15.

The groundbreaking weatherization technology developed by Backham is integral to the mission’s success. Known as “Hack” to his peers from Sylacauga High School and Auburn University, Beckham’s brilliance was recognized early on.

While Beckham’s name might not yet be widely known, his contribution to lunar exploration is significant. The weatherization technology accompanying the Odysseus is engineered for permanence, a critical component in potentially establishing a base on the moon.

Collaborating with Intuitive Machines and Columbia Sportswear, Beckham’s innovation marks a critical step towards one day enabling human habitation and work on the moon. This mission, part of NASA’s Artemis Program, sets the scene for future exploration of our solar system.

With this mission, Beckham’s legacy takes a giant leap, bringing mankind closer to the stars.

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