The American space agency is prepared to reveal the potential landing site on the Moon for upcoming crew missions as Nasa gets closer to launching the Space Launch System (SLS), which will start the process for humans to return to the Moon in the next two years.
On Friday, NASA will hold a briefing to reveal the areas around the lunar South Pole that the organization has chosen as potential landing sites for astronauts as part of the Artemis III mission. The Artemis-III mission, which will include astronauts, is anticipated to launch in 2025, completing a five-decade wait since the Apollo flights were suspended.
There are various potential landing sites within each zone, according to a statement from NASA.
The space agency further stated that each of the locations chosen, from which particular landing sites might be chosen, is of scientific significance and was assessed based on topography, communications, and lighting conditions, as well as suitability for achieving scientific goals. While the potential destinations are being revealed, for now, a wider consultation with the scientific community will be conducted to look at the missions’ long-term goals.
According to the space agency, each of the places picked, from which specific landing sites may be chosen, is of scientific value and was evaluated based on terrain, communications, and lighting conditions, as well as appropriateness for fulfilling scientific aims. While the probable destinations are being announced, for the time being, a larger conversation with the scientific community will be held to discuss the missions’ long-term objectives.
Engineers and technicians will prepare systems at the launch pad for launch while the spacecraft docks, according to Nasa, which has worked to enhance operations and procedures and integrate lessons learned from the wet dress rehearsal.
The 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) rocket is set to launch on its inaugural journey to orbit – without humans. It will be a critical, long-delayed demonstration mission to the moon for NASA’s Artemis program, the US’ multibillion-dollar endeavor to return humans to the lunar surface as practice for future Mars missions.