Get Your Boarding Pass to Mars

Are you ready to go on your ultimate and farthest journey ever? If so, head over to NASA’s Mars 2020 website and get a boarding pass to Mars. Yeah, I am not kidding, you will be able to get a boarding pass for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. There is only one big catch. Only your name will make it to the red planet, you have to stay behind.

NASA is inviting the public to sign up for a boarding pass and send their names to Mars. The Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, will use an electron beam to stencil the submitted names onto a dime-sized silicon chip (or multiple). With this procedure, over 1 million names can put on a single chip. The chip(s) will ride under a glass cover on the rover to the red planet. You have until September 30, 2019, to submit your request for a boarding pass. Currently, almost 1.4 million people submitted their names to be put on the chip.

My Boarding Pass

The Mars 2020 rover will be launched atop an Atlas V-541 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with a forecasted launch window between July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020. As for the landing site, the Jezero Crater was selected with an estimated touchdown in February 2021.

This is not the first time, you can sign up for a boarding pass like this. Previously missions were Orion’s First Flight Test and InSight Mission to Mars. Make sure you provide every time the same email address to add up your miles in your “frequent flyer” account.

You can sign in to your Frequent Flyer Account here.

My NASA Frequent Flyer Account

Mars 2020 Mission Patch

The next “boarding opportunity” will be Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), now known as Artemis 1. This will be the first launch of NASA’s own Space Launch System (SLS) with the Orion spacecraft which together are part of NASA’s deep space exploration system.

By the way, you will also get a mission patch to download.

With this type of activities, NASA wants to engage the public about the future of space travel and what’s going on.

As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration, ... It's an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.
Thomas ZurbuchenAssociate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington

 

Are you ready to go? NASA is! Get your boarding pass and share it with others.

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