NASA intends to set up a crewed outpost near the moon’s south pole, naming it “our first foothold on the lunar frontier.”

The components for that encampment, Artemis Base Camp, are an unpressurized rover to carry suited astronauts throughout the site; a pressurized rover to facilitate long-duration treks away from the outpost; and the surface environment itself, which will be eligible to hold four humans at a time.

This home-away-from-home requires a lot of infrastructures like communications, power, radiation shielding, waste disposal, and storage space as well. All of these domicile amenities, NASA planners say, “are requirements for a sustained human presence on the moon that can be revisited and built upon over the coming decades.”

Mission planners are searching for spots that feature easy access to solar energy, good communication linkage with Earth, and reasonable slopes that allows access to nearby permanently shadowed areas. Researchers think that PSRs probably contain water ice sediments. That resource could be dragged out and processed into usable commodities, like oxygen, water, and rocket fuel.

PSRs are regions near the north and south poles of the moon that do not receive direct sunlight and therefore are extremely cold, ranging from about minus 415 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 334 degrees Fahrenheit.

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