Now here’s the ticket to beat all tickets, check this out: my boarding pass to MARS!
The what, you say? Well, this is a fun thing NASA’s doing for the next Mars mission — they’ve been doing it for a while it seems, but we missed it until now —
When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments — along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public.
In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip onboard the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving the public another chance to send their names to Mars.
New submissions will be accepted from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1, 2017, at the following link:
“Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages,” said Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission’s principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet.”
This fly-your-name opportunity comes with “frequent flier” points reflecting an individual’s personal participation in NASA’s exploration of Mars. These points span multiple missions and multiple decades…
Sure, that sounds like fun, doesn’t it? And there’s more to come:
After InSight, the next opportunity to earn frequent flier points will be NASA’s Exploration Mission-1, the first flight bringing together the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to travel thousands of miles beyond the Moon in preparation for human missions to Mars and beyond…
Don’t expect to make much out of a thing out of space travel on this blog here, unless Elon Musk starts handing out FAM trips to the Moon …
… but hey, if other worlds have Heritage Sites too, we’re there. In the meantime, having our name sent to Mars on a chip, hey that’s nifty too, sign up and join us!