Believe it or not, a year from now your name could land on Mars aboard NASA’s next Red Planet mission.
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be engraved on a silicon chip that will be affixed to the InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to be launched on February 2016 and land on Mars seven months later.
According to Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the InSight mission (formerly called GEMS), will place a lander on Mars designed to drill beneath the surface and investigate the planet’s deep interior to better understand Mars’ evolution as a rocky planet. As part of its investigation, InSight will use a seismometer and a heat-flow probe to study the interior structure of the Red Planet.
Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you’re showing that you’re part of that journey and the future of space exploration.”
Click here fill out your “Mars boarding pass” through September 8 here: http://go.usa.gov/3Aj3G
People who submit their names will earn “frequent flier” points that reflect their participation in NASA exploration missions. Last December, more than 1.38 million people got points when their names flew aboard the first test mission of the Orion capsule, a spacecraft that will help NASA astronauts get to asteroids, Mars and other faraway destinations.
The next opportunity to rack up points will come in 2018, when Orion and NASA’s Space Launch System megarocket launch together for the first time. That unmanned flight, known as Exploration Mission-1, will send Orion on a seven-day trip around the moon to test out many of the capsule’s critical systems.
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