NASA mannequin for Artemis I moon mission needs your help picking a name


ace? classes? Montgomery? NASA’s “mounikin” will let the agency collect data on how travel might affect the actual human body.

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NASA will send a moon manikin on Artemis I.

NASA’s Artemis I mission to send an Orion spacecraft around the Moon is getting more real this time. First, NASA assembles its giant SLS rocket. Now the mission’s non-human passengers are looking for a name.

The space agency announced the name Artemis Munikin Challenge to decide what the human-sized manikin would be called. Uncrewed Flight Test is targeting takeoff later this year. Manikin will allow NASA to collect data on how travel might affect the actual human body.

NASA has already narrowed the names down to eight possibilities: Ace, Wargo, Delos, Duhart, Campos, Shackleton, Montgomery and Rigel. Every name has importance. Ace means “Artemis Crew Explorer.” Duhart will be dedicated to Irene Duhart Long, Chief Medical Officer of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

“Montgomery” is not for the Star Trek fame of Montgomery Scott, chief engineer of the USS Enterprise. It is a tribute to Julius Montgomery, the first African American to serve as a technical professional at the Cape Canaveral Space Facility.

The names for the vote will be announced on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in a bracket-style challenge that begins June 16. The final vote will take place on June 28 and the official name will be announced on June 29.

“The manikin on Artemis I will be equipped with two radiation sensors, and sensors in the seat – one under the headrest and the other behind the seat – to record acceleration and vibrations throughout the mission as Orion travels around the Moon and back to Earth. NASA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Moonikin wouldn’t be completely alone. It will have two model human torsos, which NASA calls “phantoms,” made from “materials that mimic human bones, soft tissues, and organs of an adult woman.” NASA’s long-term plan is to send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon, but it will first require Artemis I to prove that SLS and Orion are operating as designed.

The Phantom already has names: Zolgar and Helga. Will they join Rigel or Wargo? It’s up to the space fans to decide.

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