identified 13 regions (Opens in a new window) is located by NASA close to the lunar South Pole, where Artemis III might touch down. Each region contains a number of secure landing locations.
Specific landing sites are “tightly connected to the date of the launch window,” necessitating a variety of possibilities. NASA evaluated the terrain slope, the ease of contact with Earth, and the lighting conditions using decades’ worth of publications and findings from lunar science.
The following list summarizes the 13 regions:
Rim A Faustini
Ridge Extension to Connect
Rim 1 de Gerlache
Rim 2 de Gerlache
massif de Gerlache-Kocher
massif of Malapert
Alp Leibnitz Beta
Regal Rim 1
Regal Rim 2
rim of Amundsen
The mission will see the first woman set foot on the lunar surface and mark the first time humans have visited the Moon since 1972. Once there, the astronauts can evaluate the resources that are accessible, gather samples from permanently shadowed areas, do scientific investigation of a “uncompromised area” to evaluate water ice, and aid in our understanding of the Moon’s past.
The launch of Artemis III is anticipated for some time in 2025. When target launch dates are determined, NASA will choose landing sites within each zone, and these will be improved as the launch timing becomes more certain. As a result, the precise landing location won’t likely be known until shortly before the official launch date is revealed.
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