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NASA’s Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center before its uncrewed flight around the moon.

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NASA’s Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center before its uncrewed flight around the moon.

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Although no humans are aboard NASA’s Artemis I mission, the Orion spacecraft will not be empty. Snoopy, Girl Scout badges, LEGO minifigures and tree seeds are just a few of the thousands of memorabilia that will be on board when the mission kicks off Monday.

There will also be plenty of tech collecting data during the 42-day, 1.3 million-mile mission that will take the uncrewed spacecraft up to 280,000 miles from Earth, circling the moon before returning home.

It’s been nearly 50 years since people set foot on the moon, so the test flight will also be a test run of the new rocket and spacecraft before a crewed flight.

“We are aware that this is a deliberate stress test of the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket,” Artemis I mission manager Mike Sarafin said during a briefing. Saturday press conference.

“We will learn a lot from the test flight of Artemis I. And through this experience, we will change and modify everything necessary to prepare for a crewed flight on the very next mission.”

NASA plans to send humans to the Moon in 2025. As part of the preparation, the passengers aboard this mission will be mannequins.


Commander Moonikin Campos will wear one of the new Orion Crew Survival System space suits which will include two radiation sensors.

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Commander Moonikin Campos will wear one of the new Orion Crew Survival System space suits which will include two radiation sensors.

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Meet Commander Moonikin Campos

This mannequin takes its name from a public competition and was eventually named after Arthur’s Fieldsthe NASA engineer who helped bring the Apollo 13 crew back to Earth safely.

Moonikin Campos will be seated in the commander’s seat. Under the seat are sensors to measure acceleration and vibration to help gauge what human crew members might feel during a flight. Campos will be all decked out in the official Orion Crew Survival System Spacesuit which will include two radiation sensors.

And while Moonikin Campos can certainly have fun, he won’t be alone. Two other models will be seated with it.


Helga and Zohar, the mannequin torsos also known as ghosts, will also be seated with Moonikin Campos. Their part of the mission involves collecting data on radiation levels that astronauts might encounter on future lunar missions.

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Helga and Zohar, the mannequin torsos also known as ghosts, will also be seated with Moonikin Campos. Their part of the mission involves collecting data on radiation levels that astronauts might encounter on future lunar missions.

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Helga and Zohar are what NASA calls ghosts – or mannequin torsos made of materials that mimic human bones, soft tissues and adult female organs. A large part of their mission concerns the detection and measurement of radiation.

“Zohar will wear a radiation protection vest, called AstroRad, while Helga will not,” NASA said in a job description for the models. “The study will provide valuable data on the radiation levels astronauts may encounter during lunar missions and will assess the effectiveness of the protective vest that could allow the crew to exit the storm shelter and continue working on mission critical activities despite a solar storm.”

Don’t Forget Snoopy

While there is many miscellaneous items joining the thrilling Artemis I mission, none are as recognizable as Snoopy, the black and white dog created by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.

Snoopy is not new to NASA and has been linked to lunar missions since 1969 when the Apollo 10 mission’s lunar module was nicknamed Snoopy because of its role in reconnaissance or “weasel” of a landing site for the Apollo 11 mission.

Schulz also created cartoons of snoopy on the moon which captured “public enthusiasm for America’s accomplishments in space” during the Apollo years, according to NASA.

This time however, Snoopy has his own mission. Because the Artemis I mission is uncrewed, a stuffed Snoopy will serve as a weightlessness indicator to show the ground crew when the spacecraft reaches zero gravity.

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