NASA’s Mars 2020 mission which is scheduled for the summer has planned to take the 10.9 million names to the red planet.
Image courtesy: Space Centre Houston
NASA was about to send a Perseverance Mars Rover, the central piece of Mars 2020 mission to the red planet, Mars. This spacecraft was scheduled to be sent between July 17 and August 5. With correspondence to this mission, NASA conducted a campaign named “Send your Name to Mars.”
This campaign gained a lot of response and more than ten million people (10,932,295) had send their names. All their names were stenciled in three finger nail sized silicon chips using electron beams which were placarded to the spacecraft. Also 155 essays selected from the finalists of the NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest were also etched in the chip. The winner of the essay contest was Alex Mather, a seventh-grader from Virginia.
Perseverance launcher was estimated to land on Mars by February, 2021. NASA said that they will launch the spacecraft in spite of corona pandemic. The robot, once it reaches Mars will characterize the geology of the planet while searching for the signs of ancient Mars life.