The journey to Mars seems more and more promising. From the Perseverance rover landing on Mars to Elon Musk’s plans to send a million people to Mars by 2050, the red planet is getting a lot of attention.
Even if life as an astronaut is absolutely not for you, there is now a way for you to leave a trail in space. NASA has started an initiative where you can send your name on board a spaceship to Mars.
The names of 10,932,295 people were already on board the Perseverance rover. They were engraved on a plaque using an electron beam on chips the size of a fingernail, according to NASA in a press release.
The space agency also carried out the initiative for the InSight lander, which was sent out in 2018. Its success has made NASA repeat it. This time, however, it has not yet been confirmed which spacecraft it is. Presumably, however, it will fly “on a future NASA mission to Mars in the mid-2020s”. The boarding pass states July 2026 as the travel date. As with the Perseverance rover, the spacecraft will take off from Cape Canaveral from Florida Air Force Station and land in Jezero crater on Mars.
So you can send your name to Mars
Sending your name to Mars is very easy. All you have to do is go to the NASA website and enter your name, country, zip code and email address. Your personal space flight is ready to go. After you have filled out the form, you will immediately receive your “boarding pass” with your name on it. You are joining the nearly eleven million people who have already signed up.
With nearly 2.2 million registrations, the US has the second highest number of names to fly. With 9,000 more names, the Philippines just about take the lead. Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, India, France, Indonesia and Spain complete the rest of the top 10. Overall, this initiative has almost overtaken the number of names engraved on the Perseverance rovers.
This article was translated from English and edited by Ilona Tomić. You can read the original here.