European Space Agency recruits Shaun the Sheep for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission

A popular stop-motion sheep is about to go from Mossy Bottom Farm to the moon.

Shaun, the title character from the animated television series “Shaun the Sheep,” has been assigned a space on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, targeted for launch later this month.

The unusually clever Shropshire lamb will fly well beyond the moon on NASA’s uncrewed Orion spacecraft prior to returning to Earth in a little over a month’s time.

Shaun’s inclusion in the Artemis 1 Official Flight Kit was arranged by the European Space Agency (ESA), which built the power-providing service module for the mission.

Shaun has now undergone even more “training,” traveling to various facilities in Europe and the U.S. to “see” different aspects of the moon mission in preparation. His journey was documented and will be presented in a series.

Artemis 1 will mark the first integrated test of Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, leading the way to crewed flights to the moon. Under the Artemis program, NASA aims to land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface as it establishes a sustainable presence on the moon.