However far you’re planing to travel this summer, your name can go even farther…all the way to Mars!
From now until September 30 (2019) you can provide your name via a special website link, and the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will use an electron beam to stencil submitted names onto a silicon chip with lines smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair. Because of the size, more than a million names can fit on a single dime-sized chip. The chip(s) will ride on the Mars rover under a glass cover…so your name can quite literally travel where no man has gone before!
Thomas Zureichen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate explains that NASA wanted “everyone to share in this journey of exploration.”
Once you’ve input your information, NASA will send you a printable “boarding pass” as a keepsake. (It’ll be the coolest thing on your refrigerator.)
Count us in!
This would be a fun thing to do with your kids or classrooms, and then let them watch the actual launch of their names into space. But…yeah…I did it, too.