SHAUN the Sheep has been revealed to be the first “astronaut” to fly on Nasa’s next big lunar mission.
The woolly figure is among several strange objects that will be launched into space in late August.
No people will be flying on the Artemis I test flight.
Instead there will be £120 memorabilia on board.
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will load the Orion spacecraft with a cultural and educational “time capsule.”
“Many of the items included in the flight kit are symbols of cultural significance or NASA’s collaboration with STEM-oriented organizations,” the US space agency said.
Traveling with Shaun are four Lego minifigures and 245 silver Snoopy pins.
90 Girl Scouts Space Science badges and various tree and plant seeds will also be launched.
There will also be some symbolic items.
A small moonstone from Apollo 11 – the 1969 mission that took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon – is among the loot.
The National Air and Space Museum is loaning the kit an Apollo 8 commemorative medallion, an Apollo 11 mission screw, and an Apollo 11 mission patch.
A USB stick with millions of names of people as part of Nasa’s Fly Your Name campaign is also on sale.
A 3D printed replica of the Greek goddess Artemis will fly.
And the Israel Space Agency is contributing a pebble from the shore of the Dead Sea.
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https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5949049/shaun-the-sheep-nasa-moon-mission/ From Shaun the Sheep to Lego, the strange items aboard Nasa’s latest mission to the moon have been revealed