Send Your Name to Mars!

You are part of History!
Your Name is Heading to Mars!

Do you want to be part of history? Do you want your name on Mars? If yes, then sign up here to send your name to Mars aboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Your name will be included on a microchip that will be sent to Mars as part of the mission, scheduled to launch in 2011. By signing up, you will also receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission.

MSLOne very interesting thing is that the site has a “World Participation Map” showing how many people in each country had signed up. But the problem is the country’s name is in short form and I don’t know what they stand for. I think Malaysia is “MY”… if so, as I signed up today, we are quite a long way down the list with only 141 participants…

Actually, MSL was the old name. Just last month, it got its new name “Curiosity”, which was proudly named by a 12-year old student Clara Ma. The name was selected by NASA following a student contest in naming the rover.

Curiosity is big… it’s four times heavier than and twice as long as the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity currently on Mars now. Its main purpose to Mars is to determine Mars was, or still is, “habitable” – that is, whether it had an environment that is able to support microbial life.

Click here for a longer version, but without the nice music…

Enjoy the video? Cool? Want your name onboard the rover? Want your name on Mars? Yes? Then go sign up now!

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~ by thChieh on June 19, 2009.

3 Responses to “Send Your Name to Mars!”

  1. […] And you know what… my name is now on the way to the Moon aboard LRO… cool eh? You can also have that, but not to the Moon (it’s too late now), but to Mars (it’s “cool”er, isn’t it? since it goes to a planet instead of a moon). Just click here to sign up. […]

  2. I partipated in this program and all of my certificates got lost or damaged due to fire in my home is there a way I could reprint them and where would that be. My grandkids are very upset by losing them please help if possible
    Sincerley
    Kathy Valley

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