Human Beings have not yet stepped on the Martian land, but now they can send their name there. NASA has initiated a campaign – Send Your Name. It offers an opportunity to place your name on the MARS 2020 rover. The probe is a part of the space agency’s upcoming mission to the red planet. As a part of Mars missions, the American space agency will include up to several million common people who wish to be a part of the mission. Although people cannot actually go to Mars, they can definitely leave a historical record of their name on Mars.
The names will be taken from NASA’s sign-up list which is still accepting new participants. After that, the names will be patterned in tiny fonts onto a chip attached to the rover. Participated people will even get their independent souvenir boarding pass to celebrate their contribution in the mission. Besides, NASA will offer its so-called ‘frequent flyer’ points which increase for each mission you submit your name. The American space agency intends to launch the rover, weighing more than 1,000 kilograms, as soon as July 2020. According to NASA, it will take around six to seven months to land on Mars, i.e., it would land in February 2021.
Before this, NASA’s Mars Insight lander used the approach which travelled around 301 miles on the Red Planet. At the time, more than 2 million names flew on the mission to Mars. Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said they are getting ready to launch the historic mission to Mars. They want all the world to share this voyage of discovery. The Mars 2020 mission will set the foundation for the eventual human journey of the Red Planet. It will also analyse Mars’ geological aspects and climate along with gathering samples and looking for marks of microbial life. Thomas noted it is an exciting moment for NASA, as they pace to the journey to explore our neighbouring planet.