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NASA Artemis I Mission to carry toys, mannequin and Amazon Alexa to the Moon

NASA's Artemis I rocket is said to carry several items to the Moon including toys, mannequins, and even Amazon Alexa. Check the list here.

| Updated on: Aug 18 2022, 17:07 IST
How well do you know Earth's Moon? How did it form, rotation, its orbit? Get up close and familiar- 5 points
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1/5 How did the Moon form? According to the information provided by NASA, the leading theory behind the formation of the Moon is that a Mars-sized object collided with Earth billions of years ago, and debris from this collision eventually formed the Moon. (NASA)
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2/5 Moon's rotation: The time it takes for the Moon to rotate once on its axis is equal to the time it takes for the Moon to orbit once around Earth. This keeps the same side of the Moon facing towards Earth throughout the month. (NASA)
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3/5 Moon orbit Earth: According to NASA, the Moon takes about one month to orbit Earth (27.3 days to complete a revolution, but 29.5 days to change from New Moon to New Moon). As the Moon completes each 27.3-day orbit around Earth, both Earth and the Moon are moving around the Sun. Because of this change in position, sunlight appears to hit the Moon at a slightly different angle on day 27 than it does on day zero ― even though the Moon itself has already traveled all the way around Earth. It takes a little more than two additional days for sunlight to hit the Moon in the same way it did on day zero. This is why it takes 29.5 days to get from new moon to new moon, even though it doesn’t take quite that long for the Moon itself to travel once around Earth. (NASA)
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4/5 Does the Moon have gravity? What would happen if there was no Moon? The Moon does have gravity. Because the Moon has less mass than Earth, its gravitational pull is weaker (about one-sixth of Earth’s). On the Moon, you will be able to jump about six times as high as you can on Earth ― but you would still come back down, informs NASA. Also, If there would be no Moon, Earth would be a very different world. The Moon’s gravity keeps our planet from wobbling on its axis too much, which helps to stabilize our climate. The Moon also plays an important role in creating tides in Earth’s oceans. (NASA)
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5/5 Who Has Walked on the Moon? Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first of 12 human beings to walk on the Moon. Four of America's moonwalkers are still alive: Aldrin (Apollo 11), David Scott (Apollo 15), Charles Duke (Apollo 16), and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17). In all, 24 American astronauts made the trip from Earth to the Moon between 1968 and 1972. Three astronauts made the journey from Earth to the Moon twice: James Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), John Young (Apollo 10 and Apollo 16), and Gene Cernan (Apollo 10 and Apollo 17). (NASA)
NASA's Artemis I rocket
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Here is what NASA's Artemis I rocket will carry to the Moon. (NASA)

NASA Artemis I Mission: NASA is all set to return to the Moon with its Artemis I rocket on August 29, 2022. As per the latest details, the rocket has been moved to the launch pad for final preparation. NASA informed about the same via a tweet, "Roll'em out! We're moving our @NASAArtemis rocket to the launch pad for final prep before #Artemis I blasts off for the Moon, currently set for August 29. Tune in for live coverage from @NASAKennedy—rollout is scheduled to begin at 9pm ET (03:00 UTC):" But, do you know what Artemis I is going to carry to the Moon?

It has finally been revealed what NASA's gigantic rocket will carry to the Moon. The spacecraft will be carrying some items like toys, mannequins, and even Amazon Alexa. According to a report by CNN, no human crew will travel aboard NASA's Artemis I mission. Also, the Orion capsule will launch atop the SLS and orbit around the moon before returning to Earth for an ocean splashdown 42 days later. The Artemis I will carry 120 pounds of mementos and other items in its official flight kit. Check the items below:

1. Toys

The rocket will carry Snoopy dog, the beloved character created by Charles M Schulz to the Moon. It can be known that Snoopy has been associated with NASA's missions since the Apollo programme when Schulz drew comic strips showing Snoopy on the moon. In the current mission, a Snoopy toy will fly as a zero gravity indicator in the capsule. Besides Snoopy, a mall Shaun the Sheep toy will also be an Artemis passenger. Four Lego mini figures will also ride in Orion.

2. Amazon Alexa

A new version of Alexa called Callisto created by Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco will also be part of this lunar journey. The main motive of Callisto is to demonstrate how astronauts and flight controllers can use technology to make their jobs safer and more efficient as humans explore deep space.

3. Mannequin: Commander Moonikin Campos

Commander Moonikin Campos is a suited mannequin and will collect data on what future human crews might experience on a lunar trip. The mannequin's name is dedicated to Arturo Campos, a NASA electrical power subsystem manager who aided in Apollo 13's safe return to Earth. Commander Moonikin Campos will also wear the new Orion Crew Survival System suit designed for astronauts to wear during launch and reentry. The other two mannequin-Halga and Zohar will also ride in Orion seats.

4. Trees and plants

A variety of trees and plant seeds will also be the part of an experiment to understand the effects of the space environment on seeds.

5. Other things to be carried to the Moon

Other things that will be flying to the moon in Orion are--A 3D-printed replica of the Greek goddess Artemis, Georges Méliès' famed "A Trip to the Moon" artwork, digital entries from the Artemis Moon Pod essay contest, and space science badges from the Girl Scouts of America.

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First Published Date: 18 Aug, 17:07 IST