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NASA Are Giving You The Chance To Send Your Name To Mars

Boarding Pass to Mars names register
30 Jul 2019

NASA are giving members of the public in the UK to send their name to Mars on their next mission, here’s how. 

NASA are returning to Mars in 2020 and are giving members of the general public to have their names on board. Stencilled on to chips, the names will join the NASA Mars 2020 Rover to the Red Planet which is scheduled to launch July 2020 and is expected to land February 2021. 

An electron beam will be used stencil the submitted names onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers). At that size, more than a million names can be written on a single dime-size chip. The chip (or chips) will ride on the rover under a glass cover.

Along with the oppertunity to have your name send to Mars, you will also get a souvenir boarding pass and frequent flyer points. The frequent flyer points can also be collected on other missions , where miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each flight which you add your name to. There will also be corresponding digital mission patches available for download. 

NASA are accepting names for the mission until 30th September 2019.

To register to add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir pass to Mars see here. 

The Mars 2020 rover is a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and will be sent to Mars to search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) said “as we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. “It’s an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.”

NASA will use Mars 2020 and along with a planned returned trip with American astronauts to the Moon in 2024.

Image credit: Nasa.Gov

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