Here’s more information on the Artemis program (the classical goddess referenced was a sister of Apollo and known to the Romans as Diana).
And here are some of the people who might be going to the Moon in 2024.
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