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NASA: Artemis mission astronauts may not visit the moon's South Pole

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/9/20 10:00:53     readed:399

According to foreign media reports, for several months, the NASA's first task is to send astronauts back to the moon in 2024.NASA initially said astronauts would be placed at the south pole of the moon, but that may be changing.


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The NASA chief said at the meeting that he would not be personally surprised if their agency abandoned Artemis 3 Antarctic target. He said he meant not that Antarctica had arrived or had not yet arrived, but that the Apollo site might have a greater chance of winning.

One of the main reasons for choosing the lunar south pole as the landing site was that the ice there could be converted into drinking water, air and rocket fuel. Water ice is hidden in the dark crater, and sunlight cannot reach it. The challenge, however, is that reaching the moon's poles is more challenging than reaching the equator.

If NASA has problems with the polar landing site, they may change the landing site to maintain the 2024 deadline. If Nasa decided to land on the equator, the six original landing sites used by Apollo between 1969 and 1972 would be attractive. If NASA had to land in the equatorial region of the moon, they could do their research by returning to the places where they used to lay down their national equipment, bridenstein said.

As for another event, the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Kathy Lueders, deputy director of the human exploration and Action Council, stressed that the Antarctic landing site could change. She pointed out at the event that they were considering different options for making a decision.

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