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Nasa sets out science plan for next crewed moon mission

Missions to lunar surface will explore relationships between the moon, sun and Earth

Nasa has set out a science agenda for its mission to return US astronauts to the moon in 2024, saying that advances since the last crewed US moon mission have produced “new questions” about the lunar environment and space more broadly.

The plan for lunar field research in the third mission of the Artemis programme, published on 7 December, includes using the moon as a model to study planetary development, such as tectonics and impact processes. “The lunar surface is an ideal location to answer fundamental planetary science questions,” Nasa said in its report.

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