Want your name to reach Mars? NASA can help

The space agency will send the names to the Red Planet on a microchip on board the InSight Mars lander


NASA is registering names to send to Mars. Yes, you read it right. The space agency is asking for names from the public, who want their names to reach the Red Planet. It will send the names on a microchip on board the InSight robotic lander, which is expected to reach Mars in November 2018.

In 2015, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had invited people to submit their names to be put on a microchip on board the spacecraft in its InSight mission. Now again the agency is asking for the same the second time. As per NASA, the first round had garnered around 827,000 names, submitted by people across the globe. This time 900,000 people have already given their names for the mission, reported News Nation.

Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of the InSight mission, said, "Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages. This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet."

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Names for this time can be submitted until November 1, 2017, informed NASA. If you are interested to send your name to Mars you can go to the link and follow the steps.

InSight is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in May of 2018.

This article was first published on October 5, 2017