The moon. Earth’s most famous natural satellite…and your new travel destination.
From its vast vistas and secluded craters to its sweeping views of our own planet, visiting the Moon is a must-do on every seasoned space traveler’s bucket list. Lunar adventures have been hugely popular among unmanned spacecraft in recent years, but it’s been a generation since humans set foot on the lunar surface. That changes with NASA’s Artemis missions.
This year, NASA is embarking on an exciting journey to the Moon and we invite you to join us*.
Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that will lay the foundation for a sustained long-term presence on and around the Moon. Launching this summer, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and integrated Orion spacecraft will help us get a sense of what astronauts will experience on future flights. Artemis I is a milestone in NASA’s long-term goals for space exploration, paving the way for us to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. before – and prepare to travel to Mars.
This handy travel guide is designed to help everyone from space travel newbies to seasoned galactic explorers figure out exactly what to see, what to bring, and how to prepare for our return to the Moon.
1.Get your passport and find your boarding pass
Before booking your ticket, make sure you have your Artemis Passport ready! Join the virtual guest list for Artemis launches and receive a special Artemis I virtual guest passport and stamp after launch, as well as mission updates and interactive opportunities. Over 300,000+ virtual guests from all over the world have already registered!
If you were one of the 3 million people who submitted your name to circumnavigate the Moon aboard the Orion spacecraft, you can view your boarding pass and print or download it at your leisure. If you haven’t submitted your name, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities to send your name into space soon!
And finally, take the opportunity to connect with a community of people excited about the mission – and earn your own NASA Social badge to share – by signing up for our Virtual NASA Social.
2. Do a little research
Since you’re headed to the Moon, here’s your opportunity to check out images and content on the Moon, then create your own! Submit your #NASAMoonSnap and we’ll feature select entries on the launch broadcast or on NASA social media.
Artemis I will blast off from NASA’s Spaceport at Kennedy Space Center and fly further than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Watch a preview of your flight to get mission highlights.
3. Pack your bags for your trip!
Your papers are sorted, now it’s time to make your packing list! Take a look at what others have decided to pack for the Moon, including astronauts, NASA photographers, and other creatives like you!
Take reading material. While you’re sure to get incredible window views as the Orion spacecraft travels thousands of miles past the Moon, you’ll probably want to be entertained during the 4-6 week mission. If you’re looking for reading material, check out the graphic novel First Woman, the children’s book You Are Going, and the webcomic Moonikin.
And set a playlist. No trip is complete without a reading list! Check out the NASA Moon Tunes playlist created by Third Rock Radio and compiled from over 1 million votes worldwide. And if podcasts are faster, check out this curated Artemis podcast playlist on Soundcloud.
4. Discover your accommodations
You’ll fly comfortably aboard Orion, the spacecraft that will take astronauts to the Moon on future Artemis missions. Among the science, research equipment, and souvenirs you’ll travel with are Commander Moonikin Campos, Helga, and Zohar. These human-bodied dummies collect important data for future missions. Read their story here.
Follow at home? You can decorate the walls of your own “crew cabin” with our beautiful travel destination posters:
5. Map out your route
Before you go, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with your route. That’s why we’ve put together a flight map with milestones you’ll reach on your journey beyond the Moon and back.
Our travel route will take us approximately 60 miles to the surface of the Moon – a great opportunity for sightseeing. Learn more about your destination on our Moon site.
6. Before leaving…
Can’t wait to see the SLS rocket on the launch pad? Imagine it in your own backyard! Try our Snapchat AR Filter: Backyard Rocket and see how the launch would appear from the mission control room at Kennedy Space Center.
And know where to track your flight. Once you’re about to join the Artemis I mission, you can track telemetry updates and see exactly where Orion is every step of the way.
However you choose to follow our journey, we are happy to have you with us. Be sure to follow @NASAArtemis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates as we prepare for our next great Age of Discovery.
* DISCLAIMER: As much as we’d love to get everyone aboard Orion for a flight
Around the Moon, Artemis I is an uncrewed mission. So please enjoy the next best thing: free and fun activities you can participate in from the comfort of your own home.