NASA’s return to the moon excites lunar science

Lunar science is set to be transformed by NASA’s Artemis moon program, which will send astronauts to the moon’s surface after an absence of over 50 years and launch nearly five dozen robotic missions over the next three years.

The Artemis 1 mission is currently scheduled to launch Aug. 29, with an uncrewed Orion capsule atop a mighty Space Launch System rocket — NASA’s largest, most powerful rocket since the Saturn V that powered the Apollo missions. The capsule will travel around the moon before heading back for a splashdown on Earth, paving the way for a crewed mission to orbit the moon in 2024 and then for astronauts to land on the moon’s south pole region as early as 2025 or 2026.

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