Nation World News The European Space Agency (ESA) along with animation studio Aardman announced that ‘specially trained astronaut’ Shaun the Sheep will be assigned to the Artemis I mission to the Moon.
Sean, the sheep character in Aardman’s animated film, will make the first flight aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft with ESA’s European Service Module, which is planned to orbit the Moon and return to Earth.
The mission would basically not carry any manned crew, instead it would be controlled entirely from Earth. So it can be said that Shaun will be the lone passenger in the flight.
“This is an exciting time for Sean and for us at ESA. We are very pleased that he was selected for the mission and we understand that, while this may be a small step for humans, it may be a big step for sheep. leap,” said ESA’s Director of Human Exploration and Robotics, Dr. David Parker, in the caption on the Aardman page.
NASA said Artemis 1 could be launched as early as August 23, where NASA’s Orion spacecraft with ESA’s European Service Module is planned to be launched by Space Launch System from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States. Is.
On its way out, the spacecraft will first enter low-Earth orbit, before an upper-stage rocket fires to propel it into translucent orbit.
The top of the rocket or capsule will then fly over the Moon using the Moon’s gravity and 70,000 km from the Moon, or about half a million km from Earth – to achieve a speed farther than any human, or sheep Will carry forward Traveled in history.
If all goes according to plan, the capsule will return to Earth after spending 39 to 42 days in space.
Neither Aardman, ESA, nor NASA further explained Sean’s important role in the flight. Although it is likely that Sean’s doll will serve as a zero-g (gravity) indicator.
Since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin brought a small doll with him on the first human space flight in 1961, it has become a tradition for space crews to carry a toy or doll on every flight mission.
Even some unmanned flights have carried on this tradition. Like last May, when Boeing’s Starliner capsule carried the Jebediah Kerman character doll to the International Space Station.