NASA needs help naming its 'moonikin' Artemis I test flight dummy - Yahoo News Australia
Jun 16, 2021 1 min, 10 secs
The Artemis I mission to the Moon took a couple of big steps as NASA recently showed off its mighty, partly-assembled SLS rocket (below).

Now, the space agency is asking for help naming its first (non-human) passenger, or "moonikin" that will fly aboard the Orion capsule.

The dummy will fly on the first mission to help gather data on how travel to the moon might affect the human body. .

This massive rocket will propel our @NASA_Orion spacecraft on the #Artemis I mission around the Moon: https://t.co/PktwXexXDZ pic.twitter.com/d5yNL6JEdf.

— NASA (@NASA) June 14, 2021.

NASA's "Name The Artemis Moonikin Challenge" will let the public choose between eight pre-selected names, rather than risking a "Boaty McBoatface" type situation.

Each has significance — for instance Montgomery is a tribute to Julius Montgomery, "the first African American ever hired at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to work as a technical professional," NASA said.

The moonikin itself (normally called a manikin) "will be equipped with two radiation sensors and sensors in the seat — one under the headrest and another behind the seat — to record acceleration and vibration throughout the mission as Orion travels around the Moon and back to Earth," said NASA?

NASA most recently planned to fly the unmanned Artemis I mission in November 2021, though such schedules have a tendency to slip.


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