Want to send your name to MARS? NASA reveals its next Martian lander will carry two microchips loaded with citizens’ names – here’s how to apply
- NASA’s InSight mission to Mars will carry with it names from the general public
- In 2015, 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a microchip onboard
- Now, NASA is adding a second microchip, giving the public an additional chance
- InSight will land on Mars Nov 2018 and will be first to explore the deep interior
When NASA‘s InSight lander reaches Mars in November of 2018, it will carry with it hundred of thousands of names from members of the public.
According to NASA, in 2015 nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip onboard the robotic spacecraft.
But now, NASA is adding a second microchip, giving the public an additional chance to send their names to Mars.
The InSight lander will be carrying several scientific instruments along with the names, and will be the first mission to explore Mars’ deep interior.
It’s scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in May of 2018.
‘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.’
The fly-your-name opportunity comes with ‘frequent flier’ points reflecting a person’s participation in NASA’s exploration of Mars.
These points span multiple mission and multiple decades, and participants who send their names on the previous InSight opportunity in 2015 can download a ‘boarding pass’ and see their ‘frequent flier’ miles.
- NASA’s InSight mission, scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in May of 2018, will be the first mission to explore Mars’ deep interior.
- It will carry several scientific instrument to collect data, and a microchip containing thousands of names from members of the public.
- The lander will use a seismometer to detect marsquakes and meteor strikes, using the seismic energy of these phenomena to study material far below the Martian surface.
- It will also deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than previous landers.
- According to NASA, these and other InSight investigations will improve our understanding about the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth.