Beginning in late 2018, the moon will be officially unveiled to the public in 2024.
That’s the same date the moon was discovered in 1972.
And that’s the date that NASA will begin its mission to land a crew on the moon.
But it may not be as straightforward as it sounds.
While the moon is officially named after the Apollo 11 astronauts, the name is in no way related to that mission.
The moon was actually named after a spacecraft called the Lunar Prospector.
The spacecraft landed on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.
But the name was changed from Apollo to Lunar Prospectus, and the lunar module was named after Neil Armstrong.
In this image, astronauts Scott Kelly and Buzz Aldrin look down on the lunar surface.
This story originally appeared on Discovery News.