Washington: If you wish to send your name on a mission to Mars, do it now as the deadline ends Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
In March, 2016, NASA will launch the InSight mission to Mars - a robotic, stationary lander designed to study Mars geophysics.
NASA is inviting space enthusiasts to send in their names that will go on the next mission to Red Planet.
Your name will then be embedded on a computer chip aboard the InSight lander.
To add your name to the InSight mission, go to NASA website: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/
Submission period ends today, September 8, 2015 – at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
InSight is an acronym for Interior Exploration for Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport. The mission will launch on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on March 4, 2016.
As part of a series of tests, the spacecraft was commanded to deploy its solar arrays in the clean room to test and verify the exact process that it will use on the surface of Mars.
It is scheduled to land in Mars’ Elysium Planitia (Plain of Ideal Happiness) on September 20, 2016.
Once on Mars, the mission is designed to last two years.
This is the second time that NASA has given the public a chance to feel included in the mission.
So far, more than 600,000 people have signed up for Insight “boarding passes.”
You may not be able to go to Mars, but NASA has given you a chance to ride along with the lander, or, at least, your name. So, take this opportunity and do it now.