NASA, in what I think is a very cool move are inviting the public from all over the world to be a part of the Orion flight missions by sending their names on a dime sized microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Yes, Mars! So cool!
For those of us who are a bit Space crazy and follow our planet’s adventures into the Universe this is quite exciting, as let’s face it, for most of us, even though we dreamed about becoming an astronaut, it didn’t quite happen – so this is a nice way that we can get involved.
Plus, you also get an awesome boarding pass (which the very nerdy part of me loves like crazy). I have popped mine below so you can get an idea of what it looks like. Also, you log frequent flyer miles (yes, really!).
Below is the official blurb and info on it:
“Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5-hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.”
The deadline to submit your name is October 31 2014 and you can submit it here: http://go.usa.gov/vcpz
Will you be joining in? Tweet us @nerdlikeyou and use the official NASA hashtag #JourneyToMars!