Now it's moved into February. Which is the next Moon flight? Could be a tight race between Capstone, Intuitive Machines IM-1 and Artemis 1 with its set of cubesats.
How time flies! And we still don't know the answer to our question about the next launch to the Moon. Right now it looks like a race between ispace's HAKUTO-R Mission 1 (Falcon 9 launch) or Artemis 1, both looking at mid-November. Intuitive Machines and Astrobotic seem to be battling it out for 3rd place in about March, with suggestions that Chandrayaan 3 and Japan's SLIM would be not far behind. But many changes are still possible.
There have been suggestions that Chandrayaan 3 will slip to 2024 (and that it will not, so hard to be sure). Anyway, I would add Japan's SLIM to the list of summer launches, and Russia seems to be aiming for summer 2023 for Luna 25 as well. EDIT: Looks like this summer is still the plan despite some earlier rumours of a delay. So the summer months could be busy with Intuitive, Astrobotic, India, Japan and Russia all going in the same few months.
<snip>..... And then the weird Starship based lunar lander .....<snip>I am still perplexed that nobody tries to use lunar water or at least make a decent effort to try to land at the poles and take some water samples. LCROSS detection of water was 14 years ago. Still there are no sampling missions of the ice.IM1 is the big hope to at least open the door to the poles. Please test you landing systems thoroughly in realistic situations here on Earth including the blown dust and plasma from the exhaust. I am getting tired of crashes in the last 500 meters of the surface.<snip>
... Someone who can regularly landed a booster on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean, should be able to do a landing on the Lunar surface better than someone who have no practice landing a rocket. ...