(ORDO NEWS) — NASA held a conference on Friday to identify potential landing sites for the Artemis III mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2025.
Artemis III marked the return of man to the lunar surface. Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt last walked on the moon in 1972.
Artemis III will also send two people to the moon. The mission will use SpaceX’s Human Landing System (HLS). Future Artemis missions will either continue to use the HLS version or use competitor SpaceX’s design to be determined by the new contract.
In addition to the six human lunar landings by the Apollo astronauts, there have been 17 successful soft robot lunar landings.
Most of them were near the lunar equator, and were carried out in 1966-1976 by the United States. In 2013, the lander went to the moon from China.
At the moment, China has already launched 3 probes that have successfully landed on the moon. One of them landed on the far side of the Moon for the first time.
For Artemis III, the far side of the Moon will be one of several potential landing sites. NASA is trying to find ice on the Moon that can be turned into breathable air or used as fuel for long-term stays on the Moon.
“There are several potential landing sites in each region,” NASA said in a statement. – “Each of the selected regions is of scientific interest and is evaluated taking into account the terrain, communications and lighting conditions, as well as the ability to solve scientific problems.”
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