NASA’s Artemis 1 mission brings Shaun the Sheep doll to the Moon

NASA's Artemis 1 mission brings Shaun the Sheep doll to the Moon NASA aims to launch the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon after the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket refueling test is conducted on June 20, 2022. In an interview with Ars Technica, Jim Frey, associate administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Program, said that his team was preparing for the launch of Artemis 1 from August 23 to September 6.

With regard to the development of the mission, there is something unique. The latest report states that NASA will conduct a test flight to the Moon with a Shaun the Sheep figurehead. On Tuesday (9/8), the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that Sean will join the unmanned mission.

With the announcement, this sheep cartoon character will technically become the first ESA astronaut to participate in the Artemis program. “This is an exciting time for Sean and us at ESA,” said David Parker, ESA’s director of human and robotic exploration.

As noted above, following the next-generation SLS rocket refueling test, NASA stated that Artemis 1 could launch no later than Aug. 23. The mission will send the agency’s Orion spacecraft as well as Shaun the Sheep and Commander Moonikin Campos on a journey beyond the Moon.

If all goes according to plan, the capsule will return to Earth after spending 39 to 42 days in space. Parker continued, “The spacecraft will fly across the Moon, use the Moon’s gravity to gain momentum and propel itself 70,000 km away from the Moon, about half a million km from Earth, far more far than humans can ever reach.” Will go.”

Flying into space with a doll isn’t the first time. Before that, there was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who flew on the first human spaceflight with a small doll with him.

It then seems to be a tradition for space crews to bring their favorite toys on missions. In fact, several unmanned flights, Shaun the Sheep, also reportedly participated in the exercise.