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Artemis I Orion Post-Flight Payload Processing – Campos/Moonikin

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
January 17, 2023
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Artemis I Orion Post-Flight Payload Processing – Campos/Moonikin
Commander Moonikin Campos

Commander Moonikin Campos, a sensored stand-in for humans from NASA’s Artemis I mission, is packed within its transport crate inside the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 10, 2023, for its trip back to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Moonikin Campos was secured inside the Orion spacecraft for the mission beyond the Moon and back to Earth. Artemis I Orion launched atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39B on Nov. 16, 2022, at 1:47 a.m. EST for a 25-day trip beyond the Moon and back.

During the flight, Orion flew farther than any human-rated spacecraft has ever flown, paving the way for human deep space exploration and demonstrating NASA’s commitment and capability to extend human presence to the Moon and beyond. The primary goal of Artemis I was to thoroughly test the SLS and Orion spacecraft’s integrated systems before crewed missions.

NASA ID: KSC-20230110-PH-CSH01_0032 larger image

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