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Send your name to space, around moon on NASA's Artemis I mission

As NASA prepares for its upcoming Artemis missions to the moon, the space agency has announced an effort to allow people on terra firma to take part in the mission.

Ahead of the launch date, NASA is inviting people to submit their names online as part of a process that will include uploading these names to flash drives to stream on "the Artemis I mission"

Sign-up is free and available on NASA's website. After people submit their names online, they receive a downloadable "boarding pass" for the Artemis I flight complete with their name.

In the weeks ahead, all eyes will be on the historic Launch Complex 39B when Orion and the Space Launch System lift off for the first time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Artemis I is not planned to launch before May 2022, as NASA's first step toward the return of astronauts to the lunar surface, 

the agency's inspector general said during a March 1 hearing of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee on the program. Said as part of a bigger update.

According to Agency with the Artemis mission, NASA plans to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon using innovative technologies to explore the lunar surface more than ever before.

NASA's first crewed landing of the Artemis program will see boots on the moon no earlier than 2026, the agency's inspector general, Paul Martin said during the March 1 hearing.

The first four Artemis missions are expected to cost $4.1 billion each, according to a November 2021 audit by the NASA Office of Inspector General. 

The goal is to build a long-term human presence on the moon for decades to come, according to the official Artemis website.

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