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Feb 6, 2022

Behold! NASA teases how Artemis astronauts will explore the Moon’s south pole

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Are you afraid of the dark?


Hopefully, none of the astronauts vying to join the Artemis crewed Moon missions are similarly nyctophobic. If a new NASA image is anything to go on, they’ll need to get over it.

“NASA astronauts are no strangers to extreme environments,” Megan Dean, a NASA spokesperson tells Inverse. Just as well. In a hauntingly beautiful photograph posted on Twitter this week, NASA teases just how extreme the environment may be when NASA astronauts reach the Moon as part of the Artemis III mission, currently slated for 2025.

Artemis III will be the first crewed Moon landing as part of the NASA program to return humans to the Moon. It will be the first such mission since 1972, when Apollo 17 landed astronauts on the Moon for the last time. Artemis III is geared to land in the Moon’s south pole region — an unexplored zone some of which lies in permanent shadow (although other areas are rather bright).

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