NASA said Tuesday
it has lost contact with a $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit
Space agency said
it could no longer communicate with the spacecraft called Capstone.
Engineers are trying
to find the cause of the communications drop-off
The spacecraft, which
launched from New Zealand on June 28, had spent nearly a week in Earth orbit
The 55-pound satellite
is the size of a microwave oven and will be the first spacecraft to try out this oval orbit
Gateway would serve
as a staging point for astronauts before they descend to the lunar surface.