plan NASA To send a doll on the moon, and the space agency wants your help to name it in what appears to be a giant leap for humanity, it would be a dwarf, or “moonikin” as you call it. space agency – Part of the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, which will perform a lunar flyby later this year as part of preparatory work for subsequent manned missions that will include a lunar landing, Digitartlends reports.
The manikin is an anatomical model that mimics the human body and is commonly used in emergency rescue training, medical education and research The manikin on the Artemis I will be equipped with two radiation sensors, and sensors in the seat – one under the headrest and one behind the seat – to record acceleration and vibration throughout the mission As Orion travels around the Moon and back to Earth, data from these and other sensors inside the spacecraft will help NASA understand how best to protect crew members for Artemis II and beyond.
Keen to engage space enthusiasts, NASA has announced a naming contest for the doll that will be outfitted with a full astronaut outfit for the big flight. NASA has pre-selected eight names as part of a contest.
The contenders are: Ace, Wargo, Delos, Duhart, Campos, Shackleton, Montgomery and Rigel, each name carefully chosen, for example, Ace stands for Artemis Crew Explorer; Wargo is a dedication to Michael Wargo, the first principal exploration scientist at NASA, and Montgomery is a nod to Julius Montgomery, the first African American to work at the Cape Canaveral Space Facility as a technical professional.
Every two days starting June 16, you can hit Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@NASAArtemis) to vote for one of the two names. The winner of each bracket will remain in the competition until the final showdown on Monday 28th June with the winning name officially announced on Tuesday 29th June.
The dwarf’s purpose is not to allow NASA to tweet some amusing photos showing what a manned Artemis 2 mission might look like, it will in fact play a vital role in the mission with sensors carefully positioned on its seat to provide the agency with critical data on how the different phases of the flight affect the crew. A human who later takes the same path.
The dwarf in Artemis 1 will be equipped with two radiation sensors, and sensors in the seat – one under the headrest and one behind the seat – to record acceleration and vibration during the mission as Orion travels around the moon and back to Earth.
“Data from these and other sensors within the spacecraft will help NASA understand how best to protect crew members for Artemis 2 and beyond.”
NASA is making good progress toward the first launch of its gorgeous SLS rocket that will carry the Orion spacecraft to the moon – and the Mannequin – into space, and has recently begun operation for the powerful spacecraft.
Assuming the first two Artemis missions go according to plan, NASA plans to send the first woman and the next man to the lunar surface in 2024 or sooner, marking the first human landing there since 1972.