NASA is getting ready for their Artemis-1 moon rocket, and they want to take you with them.
Well, not literally, but this is the next best thing.
You can now add your name to the upcoming mission and have it included on a flash drive that will fly aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft as it orbits the moon this year. You'll even get a souvenir boarding pass keepsake.
Artemis-1 is the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft, launching from the historic Launch Complex 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will serve as a proving ground for upcoming astronaut launches and eventually returning humans to the moon by 2025.
In fall 2021, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the space agency was targeting mid-February to launch its moon-bound rocket and the Orion spacecraft. However, that shifted to mid-March due to an issue discovered with one of the rocket engine controllers. With the most recent delay, NASA is reviewing launch opportunities in May and June.
Artemis refers to NASA's next-generation moon program. This time the plan will be to build a sustainable presence on the moon with the help of commercial companies and international partners. Astronauts have not stepped foot on the lunar surface since 1972.
If all goes well on the Artemis-1 mission, a crew of astronauts will launch on Artemis-2 and orbit the moon with a lunar landing the following year.