NASA Is Allowing You to Send Your Name To Mars, But An Indian Company Has Already Done It
Posted On 6th October, 2017 @ 18:38 pm by Debanjan Dhar

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Turns out Bae wasn’t lying when s/he said they could write your name all over the galaxy. Thanks to NASA, you can send your name to Mars. But you’re not going to be a part of the first batch of names on the Red Planet. NASA’s InSight mission to Mars took place first in 2015 when they reached out to the general public to participate. Over 8,27,000 people submitted their names to be put on a microchip inside a spacecraft. This time, in its second edition, 9,00,000 people have sent in their names. And you still have a chance because the last day for submitting your name is 1 November. Here’s the link:https:

//mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/

 

 

As you add your name to this list, you’ll get a boarding pass which shows the launch site as California, USA and the arrival site as Elysium Planitia (Plain of Ideal Happiness) on Mars. You can share this boarding pass on social media and invite your friends to submit their names too. And yes, it’s free of cost.

 

 

 

 

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This is a golden opportunity for Indians, because we have a penchant for scrawling our names on things—be it defacing the face of Taj Mahal, our classroom furniture, or the trees. But maybe, it’s time to take things up by a notch or 20 and aim for Mars. 

 

 

But wait, NASA’s not the only organisation to have thought of this. This cool stunt has been pulled off by our desi scientists too. Back in 2015 Team Indus won a prize money of US$ 1 million for designing a robot that can safely land on moon. Headquartered in Bangalore, and led by Rahul Narayan, Team Indus won among five contestants, shortlisted among 29 entrants. In 2014, the team raised US$ 35 million from investors, but there was still a huge amount of money left to be raised. The team came up with an ingenious idea of crowdsourcing the money by giving the public a chance to be a part of their mission. Not only will their spacecraft have a small black cube with thousands of names micro-etched to it, subscribers can also get a seat in the Mission Control Centre. This means thatyou could be seated right beside ex-ISRO scientists and engineers in charge of the entire mission as you watch the Team Indus spacecraft get launched from Sriharikota. 

 

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