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Artist's impression of NASA's Artemis lander, which is supposed to land people on the moon by 2024. NASA. Yes, our smartphones may have more computing power than the spacecraft that took people to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s. But there’s one big, unchangeable problem designers need to think about if they’ll plunk people down again safely in 2024: physics. Companies around the United States are clustering and bidding for this rich opportunity, which is planned to bring NASA astronauts to the moon in less than five years as part of a large network of commercial moon projects. The Artemis moon lander will have a more advanced computer than the Northrop Grumman lunar module that helped Neil Armstrong take his “giant leap for mankind.” Full story

14 January