After its journey to the Moon and back, NASA’s Orion spacecraft scattered in the Pacific Ocean Sunday. The inaugural Artemis flight may have been uncrewed, but Orion carried five souvenirs to honor the legacy of lunar exploration.
NASA has a long tradition of stashing hidden messages and keepsakes aboard its spacecraft. in 1977, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 He was launched into interstellar space carrying a 12-inch gold-coated copper disk known as the Golden Record. The phonograph record contains many images and sounds that represent life on Earth. In the event that they are found by space-faring aliens. Recently, NASA engineers encoded a binary message on rover tenacity Umbrella reads “Dare to Strong Things”.
For the Artemis 1 mission to the moon, NASA stuck with the theme of the moon. The Orion capsule contains five hidden messages placed around the crew cabin, NASA open In a press release on Saturday.
The binary code for the number 18 is set On top of the pilot’s seat as a tribute to NASA Apollo program. On December 11, 1972, the Apollo 17 mission landed on the moon, the last time astronauts walked on the surface of the moon.
With the Artemis program, NASA hopes to land humans on the Moon as part of the Artemis 3 mission, which is scheduled to take place before 2025. The number 18 stands for humanity’s return to the moon after Apollo 17.
fly me to the moon
On the right side of the Orion spacecraft, the letters CBAGF are written below one of the windows. The letters stand for Frank Sinatra’s song, “Fly Me to the Moon,” which stands for the musical notes of the familiar tune.
NASA placed a picture of a Cardinal above the window to the right of the Orion pilot’s seat in honor of Marc Geyer, former Orion program director, who died in 2021. Geyer was a devout St. Louis Cardinals fan, according to NASA.
The space agency also paid tribute to former Orion Program deputy director Charlie Lundquist, who passed away in 2020.
NASA has included the Morse code for “Charlie” in recognition of the role Lundquist played in Orion’s development.
NASA acknowledges the cooperation of its partners from the European Space Agency who developed the service module for the Orion spacecraft.
In front of the pilot’s seat, the space agency has listed the country codes for each country involved in the development of the spacecraft, incl United States, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands.
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