NASA Wants You to Send Your Name to Mars
You can already name a star after a loved one or an exoplanet after a Game of Thrones character, but now NASA is encouraging the public to make their mark on the galaxy in another way: by sending their own name to Mars with the InSight lander.
The InSight mission, set to launch next year, aims to send a lander to Mars which will delve deep beneath the surface. It will "listen" to the planet's "vital signs," including its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking), in order to understand the geological processes that formed and shaped the Red Planet.
NASA is now encouraging the public to send their own names to "the heart of Mars." According to the initiative's website, anyone who signs up will have the opportunity to have their name programmed into a tiny microchip that will travel with InSight to many deep space locations, including Mars.
Don't waste any time signing up, because the deadline is rapidly approaching; no one will be able to sign up to participate in the mission after September 8. The initiative launched yesterday, and 67,000 people have already signed up in the first 24 hours.
The website itself is also fun and whimsical, as it is structured like an airline website, as though you're actually going to Mars. It allows you to print your very own boarding pass after registering, as well as getting "frequent flyer miles" and searching for your reservation.
Via Business Insider.