Shaun with a model of the Artemis I mission’s Orion spacecraft and its European Service Module.

The Artemis I mission launched on its maiden lunar voyage in the early hours of Wednesday, November 16.
Mannequins and mementos are hitching a ride aboard NASA’s Orion capsule — without people.
Artemis I is the first mission in NASA’s program to land astronauts on the moon and eventually Mars.

NASA’s powerful Space Launch System, with the Orion capsule designed to host astronauts perched atop the rocket, is finally on its way to the moon. 

While no human is traveling aboard the Artemis I mission, it’s not going empty. Mannequins, zero gravity indicators, artifacts, mementos, and more are now embarking on a 25-day journey around the moon and back — farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever gone.

It’s a long-awaited first step in the space agency’s efforts to get humans back to the surface of the moon for the first time since 1972. If everything goes according to plan, the Space Launch System mega rocket plans to fly the crew capsule all the way around the moon before heading back for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. That splashdown is scheduled for December 11, according to NASA.

Here are some of the cool and colorful cargo making the historic roundtrip to our nearest cosmic neighbor — the moon. 

A trio of mannequins
Commander Moonikin Campos will measure the deep space environment around the moon during Artemis I.

Strapped in the commander’s seat at the head of the Orion capsule is a human-sized test dummy called Commander Moonikin Campos. The name is a nod to Arturo Campos, an electrical engineer who played a key role in Apollo 13’s safe return to Earth.

Clad in the new Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit, Commander Moonikin will provide NASA scientists with vital data on what humans experience during a trip to the moon. Two sensors placed behind the commander’s seat and under the headrest will record the acceleration and vibration generated throughout the mission, and the mannequin itself is equipped with two sensors to measure radiation exposure.

“It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on …read more

Source:: Business Insider


NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket is flying through space for the first time. Meet the mannequins, Snoopy, and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ dolls along for the ride.

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