The Apollo 11 artifacts are among 10,000 relics sent to the moon aboard NASA’s Artemis 1

A small piece of the Apollo 11 engine is among the thousands of artifacts that will be sent to the moon when NASA’s Artemis 1 launches in late August.

While NASA’s first Moon return mission will be unmanned, there will be a sentimental cargo from the 1968 Apollo 11 mission aboard, including a bolt, nut, and washer from one of their ship’s moon engines, as well as a small rock collected by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Of the thousands of items in the official flight kit, many stand out, including a stylus used by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz that was loaned to the mission. Schulz was a well-known lunar mission enthusiast.

NASA’s first mission to the Moon, Artemis 1, will include a bolt, nut, and washer (seen above) from one of the famous Apollo 11 ship engines

Among the thousands of items in the official flight kit, a stylus (seen above) used by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz will be sent to the moon.  The cartoonist was a well-known lunar mission enthusiast

Among the thousands of items in the official flight kit, a stylus (seen above) used by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz will be sent to the moon. The cartoonist was a well-known lunar mission enthusiast

In the 1960s, Schultz drew several comics with Snoopy on the moon and now 245 silver Snoopy pins will make the trip for real.

In the 1960s, Schultz drew several comics with Snoopy on the moon and now 245 silver Snoopy pins will make the trip for real.

The microchips (seen above) engraved with the names of the nearly 30,000 people who worked on Artemis 1 are part of the mission's official flight kit

The microchips (seen above) engraved with the names of the nearly 30,000 people who worked on Artemis 1 are part of the mission’s official flight kit

In the 1960s, Schultz drew several comics with Snoopy on the moon and now 245 silver Snoopy pins will make the trip for real.

“We did a search in the collection to find things that we thought were the right mix to be truly meaningful and that would have their added significance from inclusion on this flight, but they weren’t things that weren’t also somehow duplicated in the collection.” , Margaret Weitekamp, ​​chair of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s space history department, told CollectSpace in an interview.

“We are not flying things that we think are completely unique and therefore are of great risk if put on something like a launch.”

The National Air and Space Museum lends the mission patch, commemorative medallion, and engine piece – and all Apollo objects will be on display in an exhibit after being returned to Earth.

Emblems and many other items, such as space patches and commemorative medallions (seen above), will be presented after the flight to program workers and those who made Artemis I a success

Emblems and many other items, such as space patches and commemorative medallions (seen above), will be presented after the flight to program workers and those who made Artemis I a success

NASA's first trip to the moon in decades will contain thousands of interesting artifacts, including LEGO mini-figures (seen above)

NASA’s first trip to the moon in decades will contain thousands of interesting artifacts, including LEGO mini-figures (seen above)

The microchips engraved with the names of the nearly 30,000 people who worked on Artemis 1 will also be sent as part of the mission’s official flight kit, in tribute to their hard work and dedication.

Other memories include space-themed bright yellow Lego mini-figurines, a 3D printed replica of the Greek goddess Artemis, several USB drives with videos, drawings and essays by teachers and students from around the world, and hundreds of American and state flags, as well as as flags of some of NASA’s international collaborators.

There will also be 2,500 Artemis I mission pins and 2,775 Artemis I mission patches on board, as well as numerous other small tchotchke that will be distributed as mementos to the thousands of people involved in the mission.

A pebble from the Dead Sea, which is the lowest land surface on Earth, will be sent with Artemis as a way to “symbolize humanity’s continuing drive to explore.”

In total, the official flight kit will weigh 120 pounds, which may seem like a lot, but NASA has a long history of sending objects from Earth to space.

For example, the moon rock that will be aboard Artemis I was previously sent on the last Space Shuttle flight in 2011.

Perhaps most famously, the Voyager probes launched in 1977 both contained gold phonograph records with greetings to alien life and music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chuck Berry.

In July, NASA announced that it aimed to launch Artemis I on its historic three-week voyage on August 29, although September 2 and 5 were set as backup dates. A final decision will likely not be made until the week before launch.

Although initially scheduled for take-off in November 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida resulted in long delays, as well as numerous technical problems.

The mission is essentially a test drive of the Orion spacecraft and space launch system. Under the current plan, a successful mission will lead to a manned follow-up in 2024, in which four crew members will orbit the moon.

Subsequent missions will see humans set foot on the moon’s surface for the first time in 50 years, including the first women to do so.

In July, NASA announced that it aimed to launch Artemis I (above) on its historic three-week voyage on August 29, although September 2 and 5 were set as backup dates.  A final decision will likely not be made until the week before launch

In July, NASA announced that it aimed to launch Artemis I (above) on its historic three-week voyage on August 29, although September 2 and 5 were set as backup dates. A final decision will likely not be made until the week before launch

The mission is essentially a test drive of the Orion spacecraft and space launch system.  Under the current plan, a successful mission will lead to a manned follow-up in 2024, in which four crew members will orbit the moon.

The mission is essentially a test drive of the Orion spacecraft and space launch system. Under the current plan, a successful mission will lead to a manned follow-up in 2024, in which four crew members will orbit the moon.