NASA's first Artemis mission, expected to launch in a few months, will be a crucial stepping stone to the human return to the Moon. Artemis I will be uncrewed but we all have the chance to send a little bit of us to our natural satellite on this mission, thanks to NASA. You can fly your name around the Moon.
The Artemis 1 mission is expected to last around 25 days, including six days in a retrograde orbit around the Moon. It will be a huge test for the Space Launch System (SLS) – NASA’s giant new rocket for deep space exploration – and the Orion module where the astronauts will be housed in the future. Sign up for a boarding pass and your name will be housed on a flash drive that will be placed inside Orion.
If you are interested in actually going around the Moon, we are sorry to say that the Artemis crew for the first few launches has already been selected. The Artemis 2 launch, the first crewed one of the new lunar program is expected for May 2024.
The Artemis 1 rocket is currently being tested on the launch pad and has so far encountered a few snags, but that's what rehearsals and preliminary tests are for.
The Artemis missions will also include going back to the Moon and this time landing the first woman and the first person of color on its surface. To be a part of this historic mission, get your boarding pass here.