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Historic moon landing has local ties
Intuitive Machines, San Jacinto College make aerospace history

A commercial space mission with deep roots to Ellington Airport/Houston Spaceport made history Thursday, Feb. 22, when it safely landed a robotic probe on the moon – the first time for a U.S. expedition in 50+ years.

Led by local company Intuitive Machines, the IM-1, Nova C mission successfully placed a lunar lander called Odysseus near the moon’s south pole at 6:23 p.m. ET after a few technical delays.

“Houston, Odysseus has found a new home,” IM-1 Mission Director Tim Crain said on the NASA livestream following a short lapse of communication.

While backed by NASA, this marked the first time a private spacecraft successfully landed on the lunar surface. Commercial missions from both Israel and Japan have crashed in recent years, and this past January, another NASA-backed mission from the company Astrobotic fell back to Earth after experiencing a fuel leak.

NASA officials had given the mission only an 80-percent chance of success.

It will likely not be the last private lunar mission, however, as it’s just one of several recently purchased by NASA as part of its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Intuitive Machines was paid approximately $100 million by NASA to complete the endeavor.

“Today is a day that shows the power and promise of NASA’s commercial partnerships,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, calling the feat a “landing of a lifetime.”

Beyond its international significance, the successful landing is a milestone in particular for the Ellington aerospace community, as it houses the Intuitive Machines headquarters, which served as a command center for the delicate operation.

Further, the IM-1, Nova C mission was made possible in large part through training offered by San Jacinto College at its EDGE Center, also located at the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport.

In recognition of this, a San Jacinto College seal featuring the names of all the students who contributed toward the project was aboard the Odysseus when it made its lunar landing.

The seal included the names of the following San Jacinto College aerospace students:

Employed at Intuitive Machines
– Kevin Baez*
– Nicole Delaune
– Oscar Gil*
– Guadalupe Hurtado*
– Greyson Netek*
– Jesus Murillo*
– Austin Sommers*
– Logan Swann
– Jose Ortiz
– Delores Vanhoose*
– Joseph Weaver*
– Christopher Garcia
– Alexander Villeda
– Cyrus Shy**

Only interned at Intuitive Machines
– Nicholas Russell
– Benjamin Tate
– Adrian Garcia
– Mary Faith Covey

*In San Jacinto College’s Engineering Tech-nology AAS Program.
** San Jacinto College’s first aerospace student; no longer employed at Intuitive Machines.

Launched from Florida Thursday, Feb. 15, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Odysseus landed near the Malapert crater, located near the moon’s south pole.

This location was selected in part because its near-continuous sunlight can better power solar cells and the pole’s dark craters are believed to contain water in the form of ice. The hydrogen and oxygen elements found in water could provide oxygen to breathe or be used to produce rocket fuel, as NASA’s long-term goal is to utilize the moon’s resources to enable further exploration into space.

Under NASA’s Artemis program, the space agency plans to send the first woman and person of color to the moon by the end of 2026. From there, NASA intends to create a lunar base, laying the groundwork for a future trip to Mars.

“For the first time in more than half a century, America returned to the moon,” said Nelson. “Congratulations to Intuitive Machines for placing the lunar lander Odysseus carrying NASA scientific instruments to a place no person or machine has gone before, the lunar South Pole.

This feat from Intuitive Machines, SpaceX, and NASA demonstrates the promise of American leadership in space and the power of commercial partnerships under NASA’s CLPS initiative. Further, this success opens the door for new voyages under Artemis to send astronauts to the moon, then onward to Mars.”

For additional information on the IM-1, Nova C mission, visit

To learn more about NASA’s CLPS initiative, visit

Additional information on San Jacinto College’s EDGE Center can be found at

Primary elections set for March 5

The Democratic and Republican primary elections are scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 5.

Several key positions are to be filled, including seats at the county, state and federal level.

At the national level, President Joe Biden is facing Democratic challengers Cenk Uygur, Marianne Williamson, Gabriel Cornejo, Dean Phillips, Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato, Frankie Lozada and Star Locke. Competing for the Republican nomination are former President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley .

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is facing Republican challengers Holland “Redd” Gibson and R.E. “Rufus” Lopez. Democrats vying for Cruz’s position include Mark Gonzalez, Carl Oscar Sherman, Meri Gomez, Roland Gutierrez, Colin Allred, A. “Robert” Hassan, Thierry Tchenko, Heli Rodriguez and Steven Keough.

In the 18th Congressional District race, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is being challenged by Amanda Edwards and Robert Slater for her party’s nomination. The winner of the contest will face Republican opponent Lana Centonze in November’s general election.

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia has filed as a Democrat to keep her 29th Congressional seat. Republicans running for the position include Jose Casares, Alan Garza, Christian V. Garcia and Angel Fierro.

At the state level, Republican incumbent Dennis Paul filed to maintain his House District 129 seat. Democrat Doug Peterson also filed to run for the seat.

Democratic incumbent Mary Ann Perez has filed to keep her House District 144 position. She is running unopposed.

Harris County Precinct 2 Constable Jerry Garcia is seeking re-election. Democrat David Garza has filed to challenge Garcia for his party’s nomination. No Republican candidates are seeking the position.

Harris County Precinct 2, Place 1 Justice of the Peace Jo Ann Delgado is being challenged by Oscar Salazar Jr. for the Democratic nomination. No Republicans filed to enter the race.

In the race for Harris County district attorney, Democratic incumbent Kim Ogg is being challenged by Sean Teare for her party’s nomination. Republican Dan Simons has filed to run in the race.

Democratic incumbent Ed Gonzalez has filed to keep his job as Harris County sheriff. Other Democrats vying for the position include Jose Inocencio, Vergil Ratliff and Dana Wolfe. Republican candidates seeking the sheriff position include Joe Danna, Glenn Cowan, Paul Day and Mike Knox.

Early voting is currently underway and will continue through Friday, March 1.

Nearby early voting locations include the Harris County Scarsdale Annex, 10851 Scarsdale at Beamer; and the El Franco Lee Community Center, 9500 Hall Road near Beltway 8.

Nearby Election Day polling locations include the following sites:
– Harris County Scarsdale Annex, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.
– Stuchbery Elementary, 11210 Hughes Road.
– San Jacinto College South Campus – Fine Arts Building S15, 13735 Beamer Road.
– Weber Elementary, 11955 Blackhawk Blvd.
– Genoa Staff Development Center, 12900 Almeda Genoa Road.
– Beverly Hills Community Center, 10201 Kingspoint Road.
– South Belt Elementary, 1801 Riverstone Ranch Road.
– El Franco Lee Community Center, 9500 Hall Road.
– Laura Welch Bush Elementary, 9100 Blackhawk Blvd.
– Clear Brook High School, 4607 FM 2351 in Friendswood.

Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Harris County residents may now cast their votes at any polling location regardless of precinct.

To see a complete list of polling locations and a sample ballot,

Work begins on Friendswood basin

Work has begun on the future Friendswood Regional Stormwater Detention Basin, to be located on an undeveloped 105-acre site along the Clear Creek overbank at FM 1959/Dixie Farm Road and Blackhawk Boulevard.

On Dec. 19, 2023, Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a contract for rough grading at the detention basin formally identified as HCFCD Project ID: A500-09-00-E002. Preconstruction activities are underway, and excavation and removal of soil is expected to begin in February 2024. This is a partnership project between Harris County Flood Control District, the City of Friendswood, Galveston County and Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District. This project is utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funds through our partnership with Galveston County. Check the project webpage at for updates, as the actual start date may be impacted by weather and other factors.

This preliminary excavation project will begin in an area where the Friendswood Regional Stormwater Detention Basin (HCFCD Unit A500-09-00) will ultimately be constructed in the future. The excavation site (outlined in red on the map) is located on an undeveloped 105-acre tract north of Clear Creek, south of FM 1959 and east of Blackhawk Blvd. The future stormwater detention at this location is part of an overall flood risk reduction project, which includes mitigation storage along Clear Creek (HCFCD Unit A100-00-00).

The purpose of the basin along Clear Creek is to work in conjunction with future channel conveyance improvement projects to reduce flooding risks in the Clear Creek watershed. While the channel conveyance improvements will move the stormwater more efficiently out of an area, the stormwater detention basin will take in and temporarily store stormwater to ensure that the increased conveyance does not transfer the flooding risk to upstream or downstream communities. Typically, stormwater detention basins are constructed first and can provide flood risk reduction benefits on their own.

Preliminary excavation is a way to get started with the basin in advance of major project construction. The preliminary excavation contractor has an excavation target of more than 460,000 cubic yards (approximately 46,000 truckloads) in three locations within the A500-09-00 tract.

Access to the work area will be off FM 1959. The contractor will use heavy construction equipment such as dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers.

Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes.

The preliminary excavation is expected to cost approximately $5.5 million. Work is expected to take 327 working days to complete.

The Flood Control District appreciates the patience of residents through the duration of this project.

For additional information on this project, or to submit a question or comment, visit

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