Mannequin Commander ‘Moonikin Campos’ to Be Launched Into Space on NASA’s First Artemis Mission



NASA’s mission to send astronauts back to the moon and to build a base camp on the moon’s south pole will be one step closer to being achieved following the launch of its Artemis-1 rocket on Aug. 29.

The first test of its Space Launch System (SLS) will be crewed not by astronauts but by three mannequins. Strapped into the commander’s seat on the Orion capsule will be a mannequin, “Commander Moonikin Campos,” named after Arturo Campos, an electrical engineer who played a key role in guiding Apollo 13 safely back to Earth in April 1970.