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NASA's 'Moonikin' mannequin boards Orion spacecraft for Artemis 1 moon mission

NASA technicians load the "Moonikin" mannequin in an orange spacesuit through the Orion space capsule hatch.

 

NASA has completed the slot next steps in the Artemis 1 mission — installing the data-gathering mannequin Commander Moonikin Campos inside the Orion spacecraft that will launch to the moon atop a brand-new megarocketIn a tweet posted on July 27,

NASA's Exploration Ground Systems team announced that Campos has been successfully installed into the Orion Capsule — which is atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis 1 mission around the moon. Liftoff is currently targeted for Aug. 29.

Moonkin Campos — named after Arturo Campus, an electrical engineer who was a key player in bringing the Apollo 13 mission safely back to Earth — is a human-sized test dummy that is now strapped into the commander's chair at the head of the capsule.

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