Land of Light and Eternal Night

Artemis I is on its way to orbit the Moon and today (Monday, November 21, 2022) will pass within 60 miles of the lunar surface. The purpose of this space program is to return people to the moon on the third Artimis mission. If all goes well with spacecraft testing on the first two flights, Artimis III will land near the lunar South Pole on a ridge exposed almost continually to sunlight beside a deep depression of eternal darkness where useable amounts of water ice are likely present.

The upper photo shows my telescopic image of the Moon with locations of some of the south polar landing site options labeled. The lower photo is from NASA’s LROC QuickMap image of the south pole of the moon with blue boxes outlining potential landing sites and orange outlines of the depths that never see sunlight. Temperatures in these eternally dark areas may approach -280 degrees Fahrenheit which keeps water and other volatiles from evaporating away, but is unimaginably cold, especially for a Floridian.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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