NASA's space agency offers the public the opportunity to add your name and surname to a microprocessor that your Mars 2020 robot will take to Mars "in a first step of the first journey of humanity on another planet".
Mars 2020, a device that weighs a ton, it will be published at the beginning of July and should go down in February 2021 On the red planet, where it will look for signs of microbial life, it will study the climate and geology and collect samples that will one day be brought to Earth.
NASA offers a symbolic ticket for those wishing to send their name on a microprocessor on the planet. This "passage" to Mars can be obtained on the NASA website and until this Wednesday it had 721,767 names. The deadline for inclusion, at least in the name, of the journey expires on September 30 when Mars 2020 will have completed a third of its journeyto.
Participants who open an account will receive a "ticket" and points as "frequent travelers".
NASA said that over two million names were already on the InSight mission that landed on Mars last November, and each participant received points for nearly 310 million "flight" miles.
The Microdevices Laboratory, at the NASA Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will record the names in a silicon microprocessor with an electron beam with texts smaller than one thousandth of the thickness of a human hairor.
To be precise, the agency said, is equivalent to 75 nanometers.
"With this size, it is possible to write more than a million names in a single processor the size of a 10-cent coin," added NASA's announcement. "The microprocessor will go with the robot under a glass cover".
"As we prepare for the launch of this historic Martian mission, we want everyone to share this exploratory journey"said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate director of the NASA space science directorate in Washington.
"These are exciting times for NASA, as we embark on this journey in search of answers to deep questions about our neighboring planet and the true origin of life," he added.
More than six decades have passed since the first human device completed an orbit around the Earth, and NASA is making permanent efforts to maintain public interest in space exploration.
Since the Mars Polar Lander was launched in January 1999, NASA has expanded its exploration of the planet into a campaign to prepare humans for the red planet.
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