Send your name to Mars and earn more than 300 million miles from NASA. Plus, get a great boarding pass to commemorate your attendance.
Long before I ever boarded the plane, I was a huge space. Suddenly I wanted to be an astronaut (I think there was a bunch of us children who felt like that!). While I was not in space, NASA offers me the opportunity (and millions more) a chance for ours names go to space – and give us 300 million kilometers of frequent flyers at once!
NASA offers boarding pass and 300 million miles at Mars airport
Link: Mars 2020
NASA has done something similar on its InSight mission on Mars and has collected 2 million names for this trip. Again, they are back in public engagement to attract people to personal contact with Mars Rover in 2020.
Interesting: At the time I wrote this post, the nation that had the most names submitted was not the US, but Turkey!
Your name will now be outlined on the microchip, so it's not going to be big, but we're talking about a space vehicle heading for Mars, so there's no room for much more! Yet it is a little cool step and will give you something on the ground to remember it too – a boarding pass with a total mileage.
From now until September 30th you can on this link and let your name send for flight aboard the rover for launch in July 2020.
According to my "official" frequent flyer site, this flight will allow me to start 313,586,649 miles. Not bad! Of course, with no transfer partners and no redemption option, it won't be too far away, but at least something will go into space!
On another great, spatial note I had some interesting experiences with space communication! In my very active years as an amateur radio operator, I spoke with astronauts aboard the shuttle, and I even bounced off a month's radio signal for contact over what's called reflection of the moon or EME (country-moon-country). Yeah, I'm a little nerd. 🙂
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