NASA Insight Mission, more than 2.4 million names to be sent to Mars

Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017

nasaNASA’s Insight mission scheduled to be launched in May 2018 will have over 1.6 million people signing up with NASA to get their names etched on a silicon microchip that will be carried on upcoming Insight mission and sent to Mars.

It was initiated by the US space agency to invite people and send their names to Mars last month.

Earlier in 2015 nearly 827,000 names were collected by NASA’s jet propulsion Laborartory in Pasadena, California and that was attached to robotic InSight lander.

NASA mentioned in a tweet thanking all for submitting their name to travel on their InSight lander, so far 2.4+ million names will land on Mars in November 2018.

The NASA’s post further read as the grand total once a second microchip is added in early 2018 will be 2,429,807 names. The space enthusiasts signing up the last round shared their downloadable ‘boarding passes’ on social media along with total number of flight miles they have collected by participating in engagement initiatives for other Mars missions.

NASA further mentioned that it’s journey to Mars will span ‘multiple missions and multiple decades’. The ‘frequent flier’ points will help the agency in identifying individual’s participation in the journey.



The InSight mission of NASA was launched to investigate the deep interiors of Mars, it will look beyond the Martian surface and study interior of the planet.

Scientist will get a better picture of the composition and structure of Mars’ interior.


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