Now’s your chance to send your name to Mars!
Want to send your name along for the ride on NASA’s InSight lander, heading to Mars in May 2018? You’re in luck!
The planned exploration spacecraft will look to discover new, fascinating insights into the Red Planet in advance of hopeful human visitation by 2033. Included in the inventory, the space agency is sending silicon chips with the names of people from around the globe that sign up on NASA’s website. So far, 827,000 people have signed up, forcing NASA to add a second chip to the craft to accomodate the interest.
“Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages,” Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission’s principal investigator, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. “This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet.”
The InSight Mars lander is scheduled to arrive at our neighboring body in November 2018, and will use a seismometer to search for “Marsquakes” and meteor strikes, and look to study material below the Martian survace for the first time ever.
Want to add your name to the craft? Bonus benefits include earning “frequent flier” points, reflecting participation in NASA exploration programs, as well as a downloadable “boarding pass” with information about each mission flying with participants names.
If you’re interested, you can add your name by visiting NASA’s Mars Exploration Program website!