Famous sheep stop motion is about to go From Mossy Bottom Farm to the Moon.
Shaun, the main character from the animated series “Shaun the Sheep”, has been allocated space on NASA. Artemis 1 Mission, targeted launch later this month. The extraordinarily intelligent Shropshire sheep – in the form of a plush doll – will fly far beyond the moon On the unmanned NASA Orion spacecraft before returning to Earth in a little over a month.
“This is an exciting time for Sean and us at ESA,” David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA, He said in a statement (Opens in a new tab) Released on Tuesday (August 2). “We are very pleased that he was chosen for the mission and we understand that while it may be a small step for humans, it is a giant leap for the human race.”
ESA worked with Aardman, the animation studio behind Stop Sheep, to arrange Shaun’s realistic space adventure.
“Aardman is excited to join ESA in making history by launching the first ‘lamb’ into space,” said Lucy Wendover, Aardman’s Director of Marketing. ‘As one of the The first astronauts to fly the Artemis . mission (Opens in a new tab)Shawn leads the way in lunar exploration, which is a great honor for our mystic adventurer! “
“2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Shawn’s first television series, so what better way to celebrate than to travel farther than any sheep have gone before,” she added.
Part of another Aarman production, “Wallace and Gromit,” Sean (the Lamb) made his debut in the 1995 short film “A Close Shave.” The TV series debuted in 2007 and has since been seen in 180 countries. Two feature films followed, including 2019’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, in which Shaun meets a visitor from outer space.
“[The flight] It offered insight into the rigorous training that all astronauts do to prepare for spaceflight, which he will now experience for real,” ESA described in the statement announcing Shawn’s flight on the Artemis 1 mission.
Sean has now undergone more “training,” traveling to various facilities in Europe and the United States to “see” the different aspects of the lunar mission in preparation. His journey has been documented and will be presented in a series ESA Blog Posts (Opens in a new tab) pre-launch.
Artemis 1 will mark the first integrated test of Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which lead the way to manned flights to the moon. Under the Artemis program, NASA aims to land the first woman and first people of color on the Moon as they establish a sustainable presence on the Moon.
Sean isn’t the only popular cultural figure released aboard the inaugural Artemis flight. Four LEGO minifigures (Opens in a new tab) Also included in OFK, and Unique Snoopy doll (Opens in a new tab) Based on the comic strip, a flying beagle as a zero-gravity indicator for a mission.
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