If you want your name to travel to Mars with NASA's next rover in 2020, you should act fast. Today is the last day you can add your name to the more than 10 million subscribers who have already signed up.
"It's the last call for you to stash your name on NASA's Mars 2020 Rover before it launches on the Red Planet." Officials wrote in a statement last week. "The deadline for NASA's" Send Your Name to Mars "campaign on September 30 will give the mission enough time to map the submitted names – more than 9.4 million so far – on a single chip on the Mars 2020 rover is attached. "
From 2 pm EDT (1900 GMT) Today, more than 10.4 million people have registered.
NASA began collecting names for the new Mars rover on May 21
"This is a part from a public engagement campaign to highlight missions related to NASA's journey from the Moon to Mars, "NASA officials wrote in the statement. "Miles (or miles) are credited for each 'flight', with corresponding digital mission patches available for download."
Even Brad Pitt, star of the science fiction space epic "Ad Astra", has added his name to the list. NASA shared a photo of Pitt last week with this Mars boarding pass and a Rover model.
Engineers at NASA's Microdevices Laboratory after Sept. 30 The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California will stencil all names with a single electron beam onto a tiny silicon chip Write 75 nm text lines. That's less than a thousandth of the width of a single hair on your head.
"At this size, millions of names can be written on a single chip in cent-size," NASA wrote. "The chip will drive under a glass cover on the Rover."
More than 2 million names traveled with NASA's InSight Lander to Mars, which landed on the Red Planet in November 2018. So far, the 2020 Mars Rover project has far exceeded this record.
While NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" program is closed, the Mars rover 2020 will require a surname: the name of the rover itself.
NASA is currently running a competition for students in kindergarten through to the 12th class, to name the rover. The registration deadline is 1 November. More information on submitting a name for the Mars Rover in 2020, see: https://go.nasa.gov/name2020.[19659002<DerMarsRover2020sollaufdenRotenstartenPlanetimJuli2020undlandeim45KilometerbreitenJezero-KraterDie2300Pfund(1040Kilogramm)RovermitseinerKernkraftquellewirdnachSpurendesLebensvonMikrobeninderVergangenheitsuchendasKlimaunddieGeologiedesMarsuntersuchenundProbensammelndieaufeinerzukünftigenMissionzurErdezurückgebrachtwerdenkönnen