NASA is seeking partnership agreements to help tell the story of its moon-bound Artemis Program missions to a worldwide audience, the agency’s announcement for proposals (AFP) said.
“NASA will support partners in starting conversations, eliciting emotional connections, and inspiring a new generation of explorers,” the AFP said. “All that we build, all that we study, all that we do, prepares us to go back to the Moon and on to Mars,” the space agency said.
The AFP is seeking proposals to partner with NASA and tell the story of the Artemis Program, beginning with the Artemis II mission in 2023.
NASA is seeking responses from broadcasters, studios, the aerospace industry, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, or collaborations between multiple entities. They will help acquire or use NASA’s live or recorded imagery to tell the story of the missions. The AFP focuses mostly on proposals that require flight of partner-provided hardware – such as cameras – onboard the Artemis missions.
The agency also said it will “continue to welcome story-telling proposals that utilize NASA’s publicly available imagery and/or requests for filming at NASA ground-based facilities.”
The Artemis Program begins with Artemis I for a planned 2021 launch that “will feature the first flight of the Orion capsule aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on an uncrewed mission to orbit the Moon and return to Earth.”
The Artemis II mission is planned for 2023 with Orion and SLS making a return journey by humans around the Moon and back. The Artemis III mission is planned for 2024, using NASA’s Human Landing System to bring the first woman and next man to the lunar surface and back to Earth.