NASA will send a mannequin around the moon and you can give it a name.
The launch is scheduled for November, with a dummy on board an unmanned flight test of the space launch system and the Orion spacecraft, NASA said in a press release.
His mission ? Collect data to aid astronauts on trips, such as the Artemis II space flight scheduled for 2023. The dummy is designed to resemble the human body and is used in emergency rescue training, medical education and the research.
The dummy will be fitted with two radiation sensors and a first-generation Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit, the statement said.
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The bracket style contest started on June 16 and you can vote online at nasa.gov/namethemoonikin. The final vote will take place on June 28 and a winner will be announced the next day.
Here are the names to choose from and how NASA describes them:
- ACE: simple, practical. Means Artemis Crew Explorer.
- CAMPOS: Ingenious, problem solver. A dedication to Arturo Campos, a key player in the return of Apollo 13.
- DELOS: Nostalgic, romantic. The island where Apollo and Artemis were born, according to Greek myth.
- DUHART: Warm, welcoming. A dedication to Irene Duhart Long, the first woman and the first chief medical officer of minorities at the Kennedy Space Center.
- MONTGOMERY: Pioneer, innovative. A dedication to Julius Montgomery, the first African-American to work at the Cape Canaveral space facility as a technical professional.
- RIGEL: Bright, inspiring. The giant superstar of the constellation Orion.
- SHACKLETON: Secret, abundant. A crater on the moon’s south pole and a reference to a famous Antarctic explorer.
- WARGO: Enthusiastic, passionate. A dedication to Michael Wargo, the agency’s first chief exploration scientist.
In the last vote between Wargo and Ace, Ace was named the winner. Friday’s vote will be against Delos and Duhart. The results will be published daily on the NASA website.
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