Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Artemis Mission's Flying Mannequin Already Has a Name

 

Commander Moonikin
Image NASA

 The official name of the mannequin that will be launched onboard Artemis I, NASA's unmanned test voyage of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft around the Moon later this year, is "Commander Moonikin Campos." A knockout game celebrating NASA figures and projects, as well as astronomical phenomena, gave birth to the moonikin (a play on words for "lunar mannequin"). More than 300,000 people voted for NASA.

Arturo Campos, who played a significant part in bringing Apollo 13 safely back to Earth, is honored by the moniker Campos. The final match was between Campos and Delos, an allusion to the Greek mythological island where Apollo and Artemis were born.

"We are continuously seeking for new methods to include the public in our missions, and our return to the Moon via Artemis is a worldwide effort." "This event pays honor to an essential member of our NASA family - Arturo Campos," said Brian Odom, NASA's acting chief historian at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "It's a fitting homage to Campos that the data from Artemis I will aid in our preparations to send humans to the Moon, including the first woman and the first person of color, to train for a mission to Mars."
 

Campos will wear two radiation sensors and additional acceleration and vibration sensors under his headrest and below his seat throughout the duration of the flight. The lunar dummy's expertise will help NASA protect astronauts during Artemis II, the first mission to put a crew into orbit around the Moon in more than 50 years.

One of three "passengers" that will go onboard Orion to test the spacecraft's systems is the "lunar mannequin." Two phantoms, feminine human torso models, will also be on board. The Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE), a study to give data on radiation levels occuring during lunar missions, will be supported by "Zohar" and "Helga," named by the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), respectively.

The SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft, as well as a commercial human landing mechanism and the Gateway Lunar Orbital Link Station, are all critical components of NASA's deep space exploration goals. NASA's Artemis program aims to establish the first long-term presence on and around the Moon in collaboration with commercial and international partners. NASA will use the Moon for humanity's next major leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars, using robots and humans to explore further than ever before.

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