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Robot to launch in Artemis’ unmanned mission called ‘Moonikin’ in honor of Arturo Campos

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The mannequin to be launched on Artemis I has been named Commander Moonikin Campos. As part of the Artemis I mission, later this year, the space agency will launch the unmanned flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft.

The title was voted the number one choice in the competitive support contest conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The name has been given in honor of NASA’s Arturo Campos, who played an important role in bringing Apollo 13 back to Earth.

rturo Campos, manager of the electrical power subsystem of the Apollo 13 lunar module.
Credits: Courtesy of the Campos Family

Up to 300,000 voters participated in the contest that included NASA figures, objects, and astronomical programs.

According to a blog in the website from NASA, the final contest was between Campos and Delos Island. According to Greek mythology, Apollo and Artemis were born on this island.

The other six names that were part of the voting contest include Ace, Duhart, Montgomery, Rigel, Shackleton, and Wargo.

The post further mentions that the Moonikin is a male body mannequin that has also been used for Orion vibration testing.

Speaking about the mannequin’s name, Brian Odom, who is the acting chief historian for the Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA said that the contest has honored an important person in the NASA family.

Along with the Moonikin, two female-bodied model human torsos will also travel on the Orion spacecraft. One of the models will be sent by the Israel Space Agency (ISA) called Zohar and the other is Helga, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). These three ‘passengers’ will support the experiment to provide data on radiation levels during lunar missions, which is called the Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE).

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