NASA will reveal potential future landing sites for humans to return to the Moon, and you can watch the briefing at Space.com today (August 19), or live on the space agency’s website.
NASA really wants to put humans back into a world the moon This contract has already worked out the most practical landing sites to target Artemis 3 tasks in 2025.
In a statement, NASA said the agency will reveal the candidate landing sites during today’s briefing (August 19) at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT). statement (Opens in a new tab). NASA and its partners plan to land near the moon’s south pole, where water ice is believed to be in permanently shaded craters. The region also offers exciting opportunities for scientific exploration, including astronomical observations from the lunar surface.
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NASA said: “Each of the selected areas, from which specific landing sites can be selected, is of scientific interest and has been evaluated on the basis of terrain, communications and lighting conditions, as well as ability to achieve goals. Scholars” in the statement. “NASA will work with the broader scientific community in the coming months to discuss the merits of each area.”
If she succeeds, landing will be the first time since Apollo 17 mission in 1972 that man will set foot on Earth’s heavenly companion. Artemis’ ambitious program aims not only to put the first woman and first person of color on the moon, but also to establish a permanent human presence on the moon and in its orbit.
The first phase of the Artemis program is scheduled to take place later this month with an uncrewed test flight NASA’s Space Launch System rocketThis will fill the void Orion Crew Pod For a round trip to the moon and back to test a variety of important technologies. If successful, the task, called Artemis 1It will pave the way for the first human round trip to the Moon in 2024 and its subsequent landing in 2025.
NASA is already set SpaceX to build a landing system To carry astronauts from orbit around the Moon to the surface of the Moon as part of the Artemis 3 mission.
Later this decade, NASA and its partners (European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) plan to establish a permanent space station in lunar orbit, called bridgeand maybe a base on the moon.
In the future, tasks Mars Launches can be made from the Moon rather than the Earth to reduce the cost and technical complexity of these launches.
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