This is correct! While Artemis 1 is an important mission for humanity’s return to the Moon, everyone here on Earth has the opportunity to participate by sending messages to the iPad located inside the Orion spacecraft. The camera will capture the message on the iPad inside the capsule and share the recording, so while you’re sending your message beyond the moon, you can spread it to other people here on Earth. And sending your message is really simple. Here’s how.
Why is the iPad in space?
Of course, the primary focus of the Artemis 1 mission is to prove the SLS rocket systems and Orion spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight, before sending the people aboard during Artemis 1. But since NASA is launching the rocket anyway, they might as well make more than that. A number of smaller cubic satellites have been placed inside the stage converter, and they have their own experiences. Some of them will focus on studying the Moon while others, like the NEA Scout, will head to near-Earth asteroids.
This iPad flies into space as part of Callisto’s technology demonstration. Unlike those cubes, this experiment relies inside the Orion capsule that will carry the crew — which is very fitting, since the purpose of Callisto is to test human-machine interaction interfaces in space. The device itself is relatively simple – basically just an iPad. But they’re not testing Siri — it’s actually Amazon’s Alexa. The iPad is just a piece of hardware more suitable for testing. The goal is to find out how a digital assistant like Alexa can make astronauts’ lives easier and more efficient while traveling in deep space. They will also test Webex by Cisco for voice and video calls.
But since they have an iPad in there, they might as well be doing some community outreach too!
Send your message to Artemis 1
Sending a message to display on the iPad inside Orion is very simple, but it might not get selected. Lockheed Martin, which is conducting the experiment, has the final say on what messages are displayed and what are not. “Messages with offensive, defamatory, racist, sexist, or otherwise inappropriate content will automatically be rejected. Messages that include any copyrighted material or endorse any people, products, brands, etc. will also be rejected.”
Sending your message for viewing on your iPad is as simple as heading to the Callisto website and scrolling down to the “Send a Message to Callisto” section. You can enter your message – up to 120 characters long – as well as your name and email. If selected, your message and name will be displayed inside the Orion spacecraft during the historic Artemis 1 mission.