In the form of a boarding pass digitalized on a chip incorporated into the next Mars 2020 mission, NASA has launched a campaign so that anyone who wants to can send their name to Mars.
The Twitter account on the Curiosity rover announced it like this: “Do you want to join me on Mars? Send your name to the surface of the red planet with NASA’s next rover, Mars 2020.
The tuit is completed with a link to a website that offers the form to fill in for the issuance of the personal boarding pass.
In the first hours, the initiative totaled more than 660,000 names worldwide. Applications close on 30 September.
The Mars 2020 mission is scheduled to be launched in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral, and is expected to arrive in February 2021 at the Jezero crater. Its aim is to investigate the relevant ancient astrobiological environment on Mars, investigate its surface, geological processes and history, including assessment of its past, habitability and possibility of preserving biofirms within accessible geological materials.
Never before has a heavier-than-air vehicle been flown into the thin atmosphere of Mars, and the helicopter NASA wants to send to the Red Planet would be the first of its kind.