If you would like to immortalize your author name (real or pen name), now is your chance to send your name to the planet Mars, courtesy of NASA’S Mars 2020 Rover.
The Mars 2020 rover has a launch window of July 17 – August 5, 2010. You need to submit your name by September 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to be included on a tiny microchip that will be attached to the rover.
After you submit your name, you will get an official souvenir boarding pass, suitable for framing or sharing on your website/social media.
Here is what a boarding pass looks like:
All names will be etched on a silicon waver or microchip. NASA uses an electronic beam machine that can etch microscopic letters as small as 1 micron (less than width of a human hair).
Please note all names are subject to review. If you pass the reviewers, your name will officially land on Mars on February 18, 2021!