The goal is to involve the entire civilian population within its space missions. That’s why NASA created this campaign. Yes: now you can send your name to the Moon. It will be so in the first mission of the Artemis program, debtor of the famous Apollo program. For free, anyone can register on the website and get their own boarding pass on the Orion spacecraft. It will be launched on the Artemis I mission next June.
The first woman on the Moon
At the moment, almost three million names have already been registered. It can be done in English or Spanish. For the first time, NASA has created a platform in Spanish. They want to “encourage the Spanish-speaking community around the world to participate,” they said in a statement.
Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Orion spacecraft. It will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “The flight will pave the way for the arrival of the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon”. This is what they indicate from the U.S. space agency. The goal of the Artemis program is to establish a continuous human presence on our satellite. It will serve as a starting point to explore Mars at the end of the next decade.
“All eyes will be on historic Launch Complex 39B. Orion and the Space Launch System will lift off for the first time. They are launching from NASA’s modernized Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will demonstrate our commitment and our ability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.”
Now you can send your name to the Moon. But Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions. They will develop a long-term human presence on the Moon for decades to come Artemis II will include a crew that will orbit the Moon but will not land. We will have to wait for Artemis III to relive the historic moment of men (and the first woman) stepping on lunar soil. Something that will happen from 2025 onwards.