New England: My Name Will Literally Fly Into Deep Space for Free, and Yours Can, Too
Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.
"Fly Me To The Moon!" At least my name is flying up to the moon, around it, into deep space, and back, and yours can, too. I'm so excited for this because it's just so cool and innovative for this future of space exploration.
During this flight with zero crew onboard, the Orion spacecraft will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. NASA says it will travel 280,000 miles from Earth and thousands of miles beyond the Moon for about four to six weeks.
I don't want to get too techy, but basically this is NASA's first uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station, and return home faster and hotter than ever before.
The mission is called Artemis I and it's the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars according to NASA, as it paves the way toward landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon!
Basically, you sign up for a boarding pass for free and NASA will put it on a flash drive that will fly aboard Orion on Artemis I later this year. I have mine, and it only took a few seconds.
NASA says its historic launch of Orion and the Space Launch System for the first time from NASA's modernized Kennedy Space Center in Florida will demonstrate their commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond, so why not make it unique and take our names with it for this deep space exploration?
Mike Sarafin is the Artemis I mission manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
This is a mission that truly will do what hasn’t been done and learn what isn’t known. It will blaze a trail that people will follow on the next Orion flight, pushing the edges of the envelope to prepare for that mission.
With this first exploration mission, NASA says it's leading the next steps of human exploration into deep space to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars.