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Face it. You're never going to Mars. But you can send your name. On a thumbnail-sized microchip. Along with more than a million other names.
No, it's not the same, but it's a way of staking a claim to a teeny, tiny place in space history.
"We did something similar for Curiosity’s mission and have done so for other Mars missions as well," NASA spokeswoman Rachel Kraft told the Los Angeles Times.
NASA's Orion spacecraft will test critical systems in its first flight in December 2014.
For Curiosity's mission more than a million names were submitted, she said. The total this time was pushing 300,000 as of early Thursday. But on Orion, Earthlings' names won't be without company, if things go according to plan. NASA plans for Orion to carry astronauts farther than they've gone before, including to an asteroid and Mars.
On Dec. 4 is Orion's first flight, a 4½-hour test mission around Earth. Then, according to NASA, the microchip packed with names will fly on future NASA flights and missions to Mars.
"All names submitted will fly on Orion and accrue miles as part of the 'frequent flier' campaign," Kraft said.
originally posted by: orionthehunter
I'm curious. I haven't been reading too much about it. If I'm already a member of The Planetary Society, is my name already on the microchip? I read JPL put our names on a number of chips.
I think it's cool to have your name on Mars even if some space alien would need an electron microscope to read it.
originally posted by: Mrs.Peony
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe
Just signed up! This is so cool.
I also "purchased tickets" for my nieces and nephews, though it would make a neat Christmas present.
originally posted by: Shana91aus
S&F this is way cool thanks for sharing this!!! I just signed up will have to sign the kids up too they love everything space related just like me!
originally posted by: thishereguy
that's pretty neat. but, i can see it now, some martian dude stole identities of everyone and charged a bunch of stuff to their charge cards.
originally posted by: Korg Trinity
I did this but I like my anonymity here so will not be posting my boarding pass
But thank you
Awesome!! I'm glad I am not the only geek here that thought it was just something kind of different and pretty nifty.