Commander Moonikin Campos will ride on Artemis I in a data collection suit.

Snoopy, mannequins and Apollo 11 items will swing on the moon aboard Artemis 1

When the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, scheduled to lift off on Aug. 29, set off for trips beyond the moon, the spacecraft will be carrying some special items.

Inside Orion will be three mannequins, toys, and even an Amazon Alexa, as well as historical and educational items.

The mission — which will launch the Artemis program, with the aim of eventually returning humans to the moon — continues the tradition of NASA’s memorabilia-carrying spacecraft in the 1960s. That tradition includes the Voyager rover’s golden record and the Perseverance rover’s 10.9 million-name microchips. Artemis I will carry 120 pounds of souvenirs and other items in its official flight kit.
Sitting in the Orion Commander’s Seat will be Commander Moonikin Campos, a fit mannequin that can gather data about what future human crews might experience on a trip to the moon. Its name, chosen through an open competition, pays tribute to Arturo Campos, NASA’s electrical subsystem manager who helped bring Apollo 13 back to Earth safely.

The commander’s post has sensors behind the seats and headrests to track acceleration and vibration during the mission, which is expected to last about 42 days. The mannequin will also wear the new Orion Crew Survival System suit, designed to be worn by astronauts during launch and reentry. The suit has two radiation sensors.

Two “phantoms” named Helga and Zohar will sit in the other seats of Orion. These mannequin torsos are made of materials that mimic female soft tissues, organs and bones. The two torsos have more than 5,600 sensors and 34 radiation detectors to measure the radiation exposure that occurs during the mission.

The mannequins are part of the Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment, a collaboration between the German Aerospace Center, Israel Space Agency, NASA and agencies in several countries. Zohar will don AstroRad, a radiation-resistant vest, to test how well it works if future workers encounter a solar storm.
Zohar mannequins will wear protective vests known as AstroRad.
Amazon’s Alexa will be involved as a demonstration of the technology developed between Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco. The tech demo, called Callisto, used reconfigured versions of Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant and Cisco’s teleconferencing platform WebEx to test how the apps would perform in space.

Callisto, named after a hunting entourage of Artemis in Greek mythology, aims to show how astronauts and flight controllers can use technology to make their jobs safer and more efficient as humans explore deep space.

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Callisto will ride on the Orion’s center console. The touchscreen tablet will share video and audio in real time between the spacecraft and Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

toys in space

Snoopy goes with space. The beloved character created by Charles M. Schultz has been associated with NASA missions since the Apollo program, when Schultz drew cartoons showing Snoopy on the moon. According to NASA, the Apollo 10 lunar module earned the nickname “Snoopy” because its job was to snoop and scout the Apollo 11 lunar landing site.

Snoopy will serve as a zero-gravity indicator for Artemis I.

The Snoopy stuffed toy first flew into space on the space shuttle Columbia in 1990.

The nib used by Schulz from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, will join the Artemis I mission and a space-themed comic strip. A plush Snoopy toy will fly as a zero-gravity indicator in the capsule.

The agency has a long history of using toys as zero-G indicators in space – so named because once spacecraft enter zero-G, they begin to float.

The Shaun the Sheep toy will also be a passenger on Artemis as part of NASA’s partnership with the European Space Agency, which provides the service module for Orion. The character is part of a spinoff of the “Wallace and Gromit” series of children’s shows.

Shaun the Sheep standing in front of the Orion model.

As part of an ongoing collaboration between NASA and the LEGO Group, four LEGO minifigures will also be riding in Orion, hoping to engage children and adults in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

a time capsule

The Artemis I Official Flight Kit contains thousands of items with patches, pins and flags to share with those who contributed to the maiden flight after the capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in October.
An employee checks the Artemis I mission patch before the flight.

Numerous projects—such as the Girl Scouts of America’s Space Science Badge, the German Space Agency’s Digitizing Student Vision for Lunar Exploration, and digital entries for the Artemis Lunar Module Essay Competition—recognize the contributions of students and faculty interested in STEM.

In a nod to a similar tradition that began during the Apollo 14 mission, the ship will carry a variety of tree and plant seeds. The seeds were later planted and become “moon trees” as part of an experiment to understand the effects of the space environment on seeds. NASA will share the Artemis seeds with teachers and educational organizations once the capsule returns.

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Several pieces of the Apollo program accompany them, including the Apollo 8 Memorial Medal, the Apollo 11 mission patch, a bolt from one of the Apollo 11 F-1 engines, and a small moon rock collected during Apollo 11, which also Boarded the final shuttle flight. The items are shared by the National Air and Space Museum and will be on display in the exhibit once they return.

A bolt from one of Apollo 11's F-1 engines will fly on Artemis One.

Cultural works will also be on the flight. A 3D-printed replica of the Greek goddess Artemis will join the space voyage and will later be displayed at the Acropolis Museum. The European Space Agency has shared a postcard of Georges Méliès’ famous “Journey to the Moon” artwork for the flight kit.

The Israel Space Agency has donated a pebble from the coast of the Dead Sea, the lowest dry land surface on Earth, for a ride on Artemis 1, a flight that humans have traveled farther than ever before.

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