September 27, 2022

NASA has selected potential areas for landing astronauts on the moon

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The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected 13 possible areas for the future landing of astronauts on the moon as part of the Artemis (“Artemis”) program. This is stated in a statement issued by the department on August 19.

All areas are located near the South Pole of the Moon. These included, among others, the rim of Faustini crater, the high ground near Shackleton crater, several places on the rim of De Gerlach crater, Malapert crater, several places on the rim of Nobile crater, and a number of other places.

NASA said each region has a range of potential landing sites for astronauts as part of the third phase of the Artemis program, which will be the first mission in which a crew will land on the surface of the moon.

“The astronauts will be the first woman to walk on the surface of the moon,” NASA said.

The ministry added that the choice of a specific landing site will depend on the launch window. Therefore, the decision will be made after the final dates of the flight are determined.

On July 20, NASA announced the preliminary dates for the launch of the lunar program called Artemis. The first unmanned flight of the Orion spacecraft to the Moon via the Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle will take place in late August – early September 2022.

In March, NASA announced that it plans to land the first woman on the moon in the next 10 years.

The lunar program “Artemis” provides for three flights to the Earth’s satellite, at the third stage it is planned to land people. The purpose of the mission is to land people on the moon using the Orion spacecraft. NASA intends to complete the program by 2025, but does not rule out possible delays or postponements.

At the moment, there is the US-developed “Artemis Accord”, which is an international program for the exploration of the moon. The 20 signatory countries set the standard for international cooperation in outer space.

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