On Friday, the American space agency NASA has designated 13 areas on the moon as suitable landing sites for the manned lunar mission Artemis III. That mission should bring humans back to the moon by 2025. The last manned moon mission was in 1972.By our news editors
The areas are all near the south pole of the moon. That part of the moon has never been visited by humans before, and all areas have multiple locations suitable for landing.
It has been investigated whether there is sufficient sunlight to use as an energy source, whether communication with the earth is possible and whether the site is passable. The names for the areas include the Malapert Massif, the Leibnitz Beta Plateau and the Faustini Rim.
In the coming period, it will be investigated which of the thirteen areas are scientifically most interesting to visit. For example, some locations are among the oldest parts of the moon and can provide insight into its formation history. The final choice of a specific landing site is related to the launch date of the mission.
In preparation for the Artemis III mission, NASA is expected to launch an unmanned rocket on August 29 that will fly back and forth to the moon in six weeks. If this mission, called Artemis I, is successful, a manned flight will follow in May 2024 that makes a circle around the moon. This mission is planned under the name Artemis II. Around 2025 it will be Artemis III’s turn.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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