NASA: Contact lost with  moon orbit

spacecraft on way to test 

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. 

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