- NASA collecting names for Mars missions
- Will be stored on a microchip
- Sent to Mars in 2011 aboard new mission
NASA is inviting members of the public from all over the world, to submit their names for its next Mars mission. The names will be stored on a microchip carried to the Red Planet by Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled to launch in 2011.
The Mars Science Laboratory—named Curiosity—is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or still is, an environment able to support microbial life.
As of the beginning June, over 750,000 people from dozens of countries had submitted their details for the flight. The top ranking countries at the time of writing are:
- USA – 293,302 names
- UK – 49,784
- Brazil – 40,985
- India – 33,265
- Canada – 27303
- Turkey – 25243
- Australia – 21960
After you’ve entered your name, you can print a certificate and view a map showing where all the other contributors are from.
NASA web site: Send your name to Mars!
Adapted from information issued by NASA.