These candidate regions were selected based on various scientific goals.
The South Pole of the Moon is one of the most rugged, crater-filled regions on our planet’s natural satellite.
It is more durable than the lunar equator, where Apollo-era astronauts, led by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed.
“The agency has identified 13 potential landing areas near the Moon’s South Pole.
Each region has several potential landing sites for Artemis III, which will be the first of the Artemis missions to bring a crew to the lunar surface, including the first woman to walk on the moon,” NASA said in a statement.
What areas on the Moon are designated for astronaut landings?
The 13 landing areas include:
- Faustini Rim A
- Peak Near Shackleton
- Connecting Ridge
- Connecting Ridge Extension
- De Gerlache Rim 1
- De Gerlache Rim 2
- De Gerlache-Kocher Massif
- Malapert Massif
- Leibnitz Beta Plateau
- Nobile Rim 1
- Nobile Rim 2
- Amundsen Rim
NASA stated that 13 landing areas are located within six degrees of latitude of the Moon’s South Pole, which have a variety of geological features.
These regions provide landing options for all potential Artemis III launch opportunities.
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