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Why the moon's south pole may be the hottest destination in space

• www.nationalgeographic.com, By Nadia Drake

Blue Origin—the private spaceflight company owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos—announced today that it intends to send its new Blue Moon lander to the lunar south pole. During an invitation-only event in Washington, D.C., Bezos revealed that the company is targeting Shackleton crater, a 13-mile-wide splotch parked at the moon's south pole that is rich in water ice and surrounded by patches of near-perpetual sunlight.

Rumors of Blue Origin's lunar designs took off on April 26, when the company issued a cryptic tweet giving today's date, paired with an image of explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship the Endurance, part of his troubled 1914 journey across Antarctica.

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