Having your name seen on television seems to make you feel good about yourself,but how about your name being sent to mars? Nasa is giving Mars fanatics an opportunity to send their names aboard the InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year and will transport it with a silicon microchip comprising all the submitted names.
Last December, the names of 1.38 million people soared on a chip aboard the first flight of NASA's Orion ship, and for the InSight Mars lander, according to NASA's website, there are 8,473 people from India who submitted their names for the next mission.
Sending your name to mars will also allow you to have a boarding pass that will have your name and a unique number.It will also allow you to build up a 'frequent flyers' points to reflect one's personal contribution in NASA's voyage to Mars, which will span numerous missions and numerous decades. In addition, you will be able to print out your boarding pass, and when the time for the launch comes, you will be able to go to NASA's website to see the microchip with your name and as well as the pictures of InSight mars lander and future launch events.
The InSight Lander will be the first to examine the deep inside of the planet Mars and will take seismic interpretations of Martian tremors. A self-hammering probe will be positioned to observe the geology underneath the planet's surface.
"Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface," said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA. "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."
The launch location is set on Vandenberg AFB in California, and the launch date is scheduled on March 4, 2016. The vessel that will be used is Atlas V 401 rocket and the arrival spot is "Elysium Planitia, 'Plain of Ideal Happiness', which is on Mars.
So hurry up because submission of names is until Sept. 28, 2016 and to submit your name, visit this link:http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/
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