BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Ahead of Monday’s Artemis I mission rocket launch, NASA has provided a list of “best personal tour guide” tips for those planning to watch the historic launch.
Artemis I is an uncrewed test flight that NASA will use to “get a feel” for what astronauts might experience on future spaceflight, NASA said. If successful, the agency said there will be two more manned flights: one to orbit the Moon and one to land on it.
For those planning to watch the momentous occasion, NASA provided six suggestions, which were shared by News4JAX’s sister station WKMG in Orlando:
Get your passport and find your boarding pass
NASA is offering viewers the opportunity to join a virtual guest list, which will allow viewers to receive a special Artemis I virtual guest passport and stamp after launch, including mission updates and interactive opportunities.
For any of the 3 million people who submitted their name to fly around the Moon, they can search for their boarding pass online, with options to print or download the commemorative pass.
do some research
Interested viewers can view images and content related to the Moon, as well as create their own. Photos and videos can be submitted to NASA through posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit that include #NASAMoonSnap.
Several of these “Moon Snaps” will be shared on NASA social media, on the NASA website, and during the Artemis I launch broadcast.
Pack for your trip
NASA has included several space-themed reading materials on its website, including the children’s book “You Are Going” and a Moonikin webcomic. Viewers can also examine items that NASA astronauts and photographers would take with them into space.
The agency also included a “Moon Tunes” playlist on Spotify, compiled by Third Rock Radio and with more than a million votes worldwide. A curated Artemis podcast playlist is also available on Soundcloud.
Check your accommodation
Commander Moonikin Campos is an anatomically correct mannequin aboard Artemis I that will give NASA scientists a better idea of how to keep astronauts safe during space travel. The agency has published Campos’ “story” on its website in the form of a web comic, which can be read here.
Three wall posters, depicting art from the launch of Artemis I, the Orion spacecraft used on the mission, and the Moon, can also be viewed and downloaded from NASA’s website.
trace your route
A flight map has been posted on NASA’s website to show the course of the Orion spacecraft as it travels to and from the Moon. Those interested can visit NASA’s website for more information on the charter course and the Artemis I Moon mission.
Before you leave…
NASA has provided a Snapchat AR filter that people can use to see what the launch might look like from the mission control room at the Kennedy Space Center.
The spaceflight of the Artemis I mission can also be tracked by following telemetry updates to check exactly where Orion is at each point during its 4-6 week journey.
In addition, NASA will provide updates on the Artemis I mission through its social networks @NASAArtemis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A newsletter is also available for those who want the latest updates.
Artemis I is scheduled for launch on Monday, August 29 at 8:33 am at the Kennedy Space Center. The countdown is set to start at 46 hours and 40 minutes before the scheduled launch time.
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