We already know where we are going to land on the Moon (finally)

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After numerous delays, one of the key moments of our return to the Moon will take place at the end of the month: Artemis 1. In other words, the Space Launch System rocket will make its first test flight with an unmanned Orion capsule. Orion will orbit the moon before returning to Earth and splashing down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

But the program does not rest and, while the details for this first step are being finalized, NASA will determine which place on the lunar surface is the most appropriate to return to.

13 candidates. And it is not an easy decision. Unlike any previous mission, the Artemis astronauts will venture into previously uncharted dark zones and, above all, lay the groundwork for future long-term stays. Therefore, in a first step, the agency has identified 13 candidate regions to land near the lunar south pole.

Why 13? The idea of ​​looking for 13 regions also responds to needs related to having multiple regions, guaranteeing flexibility for the launch throughout the year. But what do all these places have in common? The team evaluated the regions based on their ability to allow a safe landing (things like the slope of the terrain, ease of communication with Earth, or lighting conditions).

Journey to the shadows of the south. All of these regions are within six degrees of the lunar south pole. The reason is simple: the lunar south pole is an area that contains regions located in permanent shadow (but with illuminated areas relatively close), which we have not yet explored in detail (and they will allow us to discover new things), but above all they are very rich in resources.

“Several of the proposed sites in these regions are located in some of the oldest parts of the Moon and, along with the permanently shadowed regions, offer an opportunity to learn about the Moon’s history through previously unstudied lunar materials.” “, Sarah Noble explainedArtemis lunar science chief for NASA’s Planetary Science Division.

Spanish Artemis Iii Landing Regions 0

The list:

  • Faustini A edge
  • Peak near Shackleton
  • connection crest
  • Extension of the connecting ridge
  • Gerlache edge 1
  • Gerlache edge 2
  • Gerlache-Kocher massif
  • Haworth
  • Malapert Massif
  • Leibnitz Beta Plateau
  • Noble Edge 1
  • Noble Edge 2
  • Amundsen’s edge

Artemis: dates, plans and everything we know about the mission to return man to the Moon

The Artemis program is getting serious. Although the continuous delays and problems have made many fans despair, but it is already on track and every day it seems closer that we can see a woman step on the Moon, first; and a stable base right after. The first step towards becoming an interplanetary species is underway and it couldn’t be more exciting.

After numerous delays, one of the key moments of our return to the Moon will take place at the end…

After numerous delays, one of the key moments of our return to the Moon will take place at the end…

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