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Want to go to Mars..?

… me too! But booooo! we can’t. At least, not yet. But we can do the next best thing and send our NAMES to Mars…! How?

Well, for the past few years NASA has encouraged people to participate in their unmanned missions by setting up websites that allows them to put their names on the spaceprobes being launched out into space. All the names submitted are then etched onto a special disc which is stuck on to the spaceprobe and voila, everyone who sent in their name is, in a way, off into space! It’s just a bit of fun, not scientific in any way at all, but it’s still a cool thing to do, and clearly encourages public participation and interest in the missions, so it’s a Win-Win as far as I’m concerned. My name is now scattered across the whole solar system… šŸ˜‰

From today, NASA is accepting names to go to Mars onboard the Mars Science Laboratory. It’s embarrassingly easy to send your name to Mars. Just go to this website…

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname

… and you’ll see this screen…

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And after adding those few details voila, you’re off to Mars! I got onto the submission site very soon after it opened for business, so I’m pretty sure that Cumbrian Sky is the first blog to have its name submitted. Here’s our shiny certificate!

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So, why not head on over to the website and add your name to the list! Tell your friends about it too, and encourage them to participate in this exciting mission. MSL doesn’t launch for another 2 years yet, so by the time it blasts off there will probably be millions of names on it. Get in there now and you can feel just a little bit chuffed that you were among the first! šŸ™‚

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