According to recent announcements, NASA launches new name competition for InSight mission on Mars allowing the lay public to get involved in space exploration. The winning names will be embossed on a silicon microchip that will be flown on the Red Planet in 2016. NASA experts will thus, leave another trace of humanity in space.
Ever dreamed of being Neil Armstrong and making the first step on the moon? Now you can make a similar achievement by agreeing to take part in NASA’s InSight mission on Mars. The space administration has recently launched a competition allowing people to send their names on the Red Planet.
Submission can be sent until September 8, 2015, according to the official declaration. The winning names will be added on a silicon microchip and placed on the surface of the Red Planet as soon as the InSight Mars lander arrives at its destination.
Space administration experts have explained that they want to get as many people as possible involved in their new mission. Participants who agree to leave their names as evidence of humanity will be rewarded with flier points for the support they bring to the mission and to NASA’s space exploration. The winners will be announced once the submission period is concluded.
The InSight lander will be launched in the outer space in March 2016 from NASA’s Air Force Base in California. Judging by the calculations that experts have made, the lander will arrive on the Red Planet on September 28, 2016.
This is the first mission that NASA is carrying out for the study of the interior of the planet. Investigators have explained that the new machine will be used to study the rock formations inside the planet, as well as its seismic activities. InSight will register all the tectonic movements in order to determine the quake risks existing on Mars.
A similar endeavor was carried out last December, when NASA sent a microchip with 1.38 million names on the Orion spacecraft. Many more competitions will be organized in the future as the space administration wants to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the preparation of their missions.
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