NASA has issued an invitation to you to send your name to Mars.
It will be years before the first humans track across the surface of the Red Planet, but you can be there early – in name only.
The names will be stenciled on chips and sent on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which will be the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet.
The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February, 2021.
From now until Sept. 30, you can add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars here:
The opportunity to send your name to Mars comes with a souvenir boarding pass and “frequent flier” points.
This is part of a public engagement campaign to highlight missions involved with NASA’s journey from the Moon to Mars.
Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each “flight,” with corresponding digital mission patches available for download.
More than 2 million names flew on NASA’s InSight mission to Mars, giving each “flier” about 300 million frequent flier miles (nearly 500 million frequent flier kilometers).
The Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion (JPL) in California, will use an electron beam to 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.
NASA will use Mars 2020 and other missions to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. As another step toward that goal, NASA is returning American astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Government, industry and international partners will join NASA in a global effort to build and test systems needed for human missions to Mars and beyond.
The Mars 2020 Project at JPL manages rover development for SMD. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management. Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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