NASA Identifies Candidate Regions for Landing Next Americans on the Moon

A rendering of 13 candidate landing regions for Artemis III. Each region is approximately 15 by 15 kilometers (9.3 by 9.3 miles). A landing site is a location within those regions with an approximate 100-meter (328-foot) radius. Credit: NASA.

As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon under Artemis, the agency has identified 13 candidate landing regions near the lunar south pole. Each region contains multiple potential landing sites for Artemis III, which will be the first of the Artemis missions to bring crew to the lunar surface, including the first woman to set foot on the Moon.

NASA identified the following candidate regions for an Artemis III lunar landing:

  • Faustini Rim A
  • Peak Near Shackleton
  • Connecting Ridge
  • Connecting Ridge Extension
  • de Gerlache Rim 1
  • de Gerlache Rim 2
  • de Gerlache-Kocher Massif
  • Haworth
  • Malapert Massif
  • Leibnitz Beta Plateau
  • Nobile Rim 1
  • Nobile Rim 2
  • Amundsen Rim

Each of these regions is located within six degrees of latitude of the lunar south pole and, collectively, contain diverse geologic features. Together, the regions provide landing options for all potential Artemis III launch opportunities. Specific landing sites are tightly coupled to the timing of the launch window, so multiple regions ensure flexibility to launch throughout the year. READ MORE