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Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s InSight Lander

posted: 08/19/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Mars InSight
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We can't quite visit Mars yet, but NASA is nonetheless giving interested parties the once-in-a-lifetime chance to leave their mark on the Red Planet.

The agency announced today that its forthcoming InSight Mars lander will carry a silicon microchip loaded with user-submitted names. Users can register their name on NASA's website.

"Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface," explained NASA director of planetary science Jim Green. "By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you're showing that you're part of that journey and the future of space exploration."

A similar 2014 call for names garnered over 1 million submissions, which ultimately flew aboard the first test flight of NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

InSight is tentatively slated for a March 2016 launch. The lander will study Mars' interior to better understand the process through which rocky planets (including Earth) formed billions of years ago.

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