The race to Mars is heating up as space organizations are constantly seeing and predicting that humans will be able to set foot on Mars in the coming decade. NASA is inviting the common people to submit names to fly to Mars aboard NASA’s Mars Rover in 2020. The names will be stenciled on chips and will be sent on through the rover. It is believed to represent the initial leg of the first round trip of humans to the red planet.
Once your name is submitted you will be able to download your boarding pass along with frequent flyer points on the website of NASA. It is said to be a public engagement campaign to highlight missions of Mars. The spacecraft is expected to touch down on Mars on February 2021 and will be launched on July 2020 as per schedule. The primary aim of the mission is to bring back microbial samples of past life, geographical data including soil samples and climate data. The data collected will return back to Earth for research and pave way for human exploration of the Red Planet.
The rover will weigh more than 1,000 kg as per the design plan. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has said that NASA expects everybody’s share in this historic mission to Mars and is thus inviting names which will be stenciled on a chip. It expects to solve many profound and pressing questions of our neighbouring planet and to solve questions of the human’s curious mind. Around two million names flew on NASA’s InSight mission to Mars and which resulted in each flyer around 500 million frequent flyer miles.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be using an electron beam technology to stencil the names submitted through its website onto a silicon chip with lines of text will be smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair ( 75 Nanometers ). A dime-sized chip on the Rover is expected to be filled with close to one million names and the chips will ride under a protective glass cover. NASA also plans to send American astronauts to the moon by 2024 and the ultimate goal of sending humans on the Red Planet in the coming decade. To accelerate the mission of sending astronauts to Mars, NASA is trying to send humans to Moon as soon as possible. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be responsible for the launch management and will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Click here to submit your name: https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020
The last date to submit your name is Sept. 30, 2019, and fly along!