You Could Be the Next Person To Have Their Name on Mars on a Future NASA Mission

Pack your bags and embark on an out-of-this-world experience on Mars. Well, not really you, but your name should pack its bags because it could go to Mars. NASA is taking reservations for its next flight to the Red Planet.
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In the future, we will have flying cars, but until that happens, a plaque with your name on it could travel to Mars. It is not every day that someone can say that there is something on Mars with their name on it, so why not take advantage of this spectacular opportunity?

Back in 2020, NASA sent a car-sized rover called Perseverance to Mars. It arrived on Mars in February 2021, and its mission is to search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover has many instruments attached, such as MOXIE whose job is to produce oxygen from the Martian carbon-dioxide atmosphere.

Along with the many scientific instruments, a placard that commemorates NASA’s “Send Your Name on Mars” campaign was installed on the not-so-little Mars rover. It contained no more no less than 10,932,295 stenciled names on three silicon chips on the anodized plate. That plate also had something magnificent - a laser-etched graphic that depicts Earth and Mars joined by a star that gives light to both.

Last year, NASA invited people to take part in the same campaign again, this time for a future mission that will take place in mid-2026. Currently, there are already 22,456,133 people with their boarding pass ready, and with each second that passes, more and more people are registering for this opportunity. Most of those people come from China, the United States, and the Philippines.

Getting a boarding pass to Mars is actually easier than getting one for traveling with a plane. You only need to go to the official “Send Your Name to Mars” site, enter your full name, postal code, and email address, and that’s it. Your name might just be lucky enough to be chosen to go on the adventure of its life.

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About the author: Angela Balaciu
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Angela has always been attracted to the artsy and quirky sides of the world. When she discovered the automotive world is filled with all kinds of wonders, a new passion was born.
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