A small part of the Apollo 11 engine is among the thousands of artifacts that will be sent to the moon when NASAArtemis 1 launches at the end of August.
While NASA’s first mission back to the Moon will be unmanned, it will carry sentimental cargo from the 1968 Apollo 11 mission, including a bolt, nut, and washer from one of their ship’s engines, as well as a small moon rock that was collected by the astronauts. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Among the thousands of items in the official flight kit, a few stand out, including the pen nib used by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz. Schultz was a well-known lunar mission enthusiast.
NASA’s first mission to the moon, Artemis 1, will include a bolt, nut and washer (pictured above) from one of the engines of the famous Apollo 11 spacecraft.
Among the thousands of items in the official flight kit, the pen nib (pictured above) used by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz will be sent to the Moon. The cartoonist was a well-known lunar mission enthusiast.
In the 1960s, Schultz drew several comic strips of Snoopy on the Moon, and now 245 silver Snoopy pins make the journey a real one.
The microchips (see above) engraved with the names of the nearly 30,000 people who worked on Artemis 1 are part of the mission’s official flight kit.
In the 1960s, Schultz drew several comic strips of Snoopy on the Moon, and now 245 silver Snoopy pins will make the trip a real one.
“We searched the collection to find pieces that we thought were the right mix of being really meaningful and would have been increased in importance by being included on this voyage, but there were no pieces that weren’t also somewhat duplicated in the collection,” Margaret. This was stated by the head of the department of space history of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Weitekamp. AssembleSpace in an interview.
“We don’t launch things that we think are completely unique and therefore a big risk if put on something like a launch.”
The National Air and Space Museum is providing a mission patch, a commemorative medallion and an engine part – and all Apollo items will be put on display after they are returned to Earth.
Emblems and many other items such as space patches and commemorative medallions (see above) will be awarded after the flight to program workers and those who made Artemis I a success.
NASA’s first trip to the moon in decades will contain thousands of interesting artifacts, including LEGO minifigures (see above).
Microchips engraved with the names of the nearly 30,000 people who worked on Artemis 1 will also be sent as part of the mission’s official flight kit as a tribute to their hard work and dedication.
Other mementos include bright yellow space-themed Lego minifigures, a 3D printed replica of the Greek goddess Artemis, several USB sticks of videos, drawings and essays from teachers and students around the world, and hundreds of American and national flags. like the flags of some international NASA employees.
There will also be 2,500 Artemis I mission badges and 2,775 Artemis I mission patches on board, as well as many other small trinkets that will be given as keepsakes to the thousands of people who participated in the mission.
Pebbles from the Dead Sea, the lowest land surface on Earth, will be sent along with Artemis to “symbolize humanity’s relentless pursuit of exploration.”
In total, the official flight kit will weigh 120 pounds, which may seem like a lot, but NASA has a long history of sending objects from Earth into space.
For example, the moon rock that will be on board Artemis I was already sent on the last flight of the spacecraft in 2011.
Perhaps most famously, the Voyager probes, launched in 1977, carried golden phonograph records with greetings from alien life and music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chuck Berry.
In July, NASA announced he intended to launch Artemis I on his historic three-week voyage on 29 August, although 2 and 5 September were set as backup dates. The final decision is likely to be made no earlier than a week before the launch.
While the launch was originally scheduled for November 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida have resulted in long delays as well as numerous technical issues.
The mission is essentially a test drive of the Orion spacecraft and the space launch system. According to the current plan, a successful mission will lead to a follow-up manned mission in 2024, when four crew members will go to orbit the moon.
Follow-up missions will see humans set foot on the Moon’s surface for the first time in 50 years, including the first women to ever do so.
NASA announced in July that it intended to launch Artemis I (above) on its historic three-week journey on August 29, although September 2 and 5 were set as backup dates. The final decision, most likely, will be made no earlier than a week before the launch.
The mission is essentially a test drive of the Orion spacecraft and the space launch system. Under the current plan, a successful mission will lead to a manned follow-up mission in 2024, with four crew members sent to orbit the Moon.