- NASA called on the public to send their names to Mars
- The names will be loaded into a silicon microchip that will fly with InSight lander
- Submission of names is until November 1, 2017
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invited the public to be part of its continued exploration of the planet Mars by having their names sent to the red planet via the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander that will study the planet’s deep interior.
InSight, according to Space Flight Insider, is scheduled to be launched atop an Atlas V 401 rocket booster from Vanderberg Air Force Base in California on May 5, 2018. It is expected to land in Elysium, Planitia, “Plain of Ideal Happiness” Mars on November 26, 2018.
The names will be carried in a silicon microchip that will fly with InSight. There are 1,244,326 names submitted as of October 10, 1017. Submission of names is until November 1, 2017 at the following link: https://mars.nasa.gov/syn/insight
Those who will sign up will be given a boarding pass like this: