Bridenstine reveals that Apollo’s site might be the next docking point for Artemis 3

NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine hinted that they would be sending their Artemis mission to a different zone than where they last sent it to the moon. Bridenstine stated through a virtual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) that it is better to land the spacecraft to a different location than the previous ones to obtain more details of this celestial body. He added that they would be venturing the places where they dropped gears during the last mission.

Bridenstine submitted that scientific research would be viable in an area where they had not sampled in the past. He added that it would be best to secure their working zone in this area to prevent the generation of contradicting truths about the moon. Bridenstine thinks that navigating and experimenting on the water ice on the moon can reveal more details about the moon’s suitability for habitation.

NASA’s second in command, Mike Pence, submitted that they would be deploying the Artemis 3 program to the South pole in his press release at the National Space Council meeting while advocating for the rescheduling of the lunar mission from 2028 to 2024. Pence reassured the council that they now have the particulars relating to the South pole and would like to venture elsewhere.

Nevertheless, Bridenstine’s announcement hinted at the possibility of the Artemis 3 mission heading for the moon’s central region. In the past, docking at the poles has proved to be a challenge on lunar missions. But NASA intends to test its capacity to launch for the poles before the Artemis 3 missions set out for the central region. NASA has in mind sending payloads to this region for further scientific observations.

Bridenstine publicly expressed that they are deliberating the Artemis 3 program’s realistic mission on whether it will be landing on the poles or the central region of the moon. He added there is a possibility that they might dock the Artemis program spacecraft at the Apollo site if the other areas prove tricky for docking.

Nevertheless, the scientists who attended the virtual LEAG fair were keen to understand the possible landing sites for the Artemis 3 mission if the other regions proved hard to dock. Rescheduling the venue could mean evaluating and changing the scientific experiments to be conducted on the moon. Renee Weber of the Marshall Space Flight Center stated that they are currently working on the location of viable docking sites on the celestial body.

NASA’s chief scientists for exploits, Jake Bleacher, reassured that they are developing a mechanism to help identify the probable sites for docking the Artemis 3 mission. He explained that this process requires collaborative efforts of the space stakeholders for it to work. Finally, Bleacher revealed that Artemis 4 would repeat mission Artemis 3 for further clarity before they can eventually push through with additional missions.