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By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower
NASA is launching another rover to the Planet Mars next year, and they want your name to be part of the spacecraft! Until this-coming Monday, September 30, you can arrange to have your name etched on a microchip which will be sent along on the voyage of the Mars 2020 Rover mission.
And, after you register for the microchip, NASA will even give you a souvenir “boarding pass” as well as “frequent flyer points!” According to NASA, on the last Mars mission, Insight, more than 2 million names of members of the general public flew to Mars with the spacecraft, which provided those members of the public about 300 million frequent flyer miles / 500 million frequent flyer kilometers!
The Mars 2020 Rover is a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds / 1,000 kilograms. This latest mission to the Red Planet will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration. It is scheduled to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida) in July of 2020, with a landing on Mars expected in February of 2021.
"As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration," said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington, DC. "It’s an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.”
You can add your name to the list of names to be etched on a microchip to be included with the Mars 2020 Rover mission, and down-load your souvenir “boarding pass,” at the following Internet link. Remember, the deadline to submit your name for this list is this-coming Monday, September 30, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT) / October 1, 3:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) !!!
Internet Links to Additional Information ---
Mars 2020 Rover:
Link 1 >>> https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mars2020/
Link 2 >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_2020
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Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.
Thursday, 2019 September 26.
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