The landing site is not any of the old Apollo sites – they’re heading farther south this time.
One reason we chose the Moon’s south pole as the destination for our #Artemis astronauts is that we have a lot of data about the region. This work of art comes from our @LRO_NASA team. The map shows how steep or shallow slopes are at the south pole. https://t.co/BTs5dGpwiR pic.twitter.com/2U5fqdICjk
— NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) January 17, 2020
Might they encounter a welcome committee?
Probably not — the Moon is a big place.
PS: I’ve looked into this a bit more, and there is a lot going on that I wasn’t aware of from just following the news. If you’re playing catch-up, like me, this Wikipedia article is a good place to start out with; it’s Wikipedia, of course, and should be double-checked, but isn’t it amazing how this all seems to be coming together!
Edited, January 19, 2020
Featured image: Luz Adriana Villa, CC BY 2.0