16 November 2022 6:47 GMT
LAUNCH DAY! Shaun’s mission to the Moon began as the Orion spacecraft launched into space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, taking ESA's newest astronaut farther than any human (or sheep!) has ever been before!
Astronauts typically spend a minimum of three years of training before flying to space for the first time! Read about Shaun's preparation and training in more detail on the ESA blog..Find out more
Coming Back Home!
After representing the European Space Agency on the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft with an ESA European Service Module, our woolly astronaut safely splashed down to earth on December 11th 2022 and, after a much needed rest, returned home to Aardman at the end of March 2023.
Post Flight Tour
After returning from his Artemis I mission to a hero's welcome at Aardman's HQ in Bristol, Shaun embarked on a celebratory post-flight tour, visiting space centres across Europe to meet many of the people who made his flight possible. First stop was the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), ESA’s newest facility and its first in the UK, based in Oxfordshire.Find out more