NASA is giving everyone and anyone the chance to send their name to Mars. You can also get a novelty boarding pass as well as "frequent flyer points" to the red planet.
Seems as if the more adventurous among us are quickly getting bored of traveling around the vast expanse that is our own planet Earth. Not only are we on the cusp of a whole new era of space travel, but it seems as if a large part of that era will be space tourism. Companies have already started booking trips to outer space, and work has even begun on a space hotel.
When it comes to actually setting foot on another planet, most of us probably have a long wait ahead of us. First, astronauts will make that trip. Then a while after that, as with the first tourists to visit space, only the richest of the rich will be able to afford taking a trip to another world. When that time comes, it seems almost nailed on that the first planet we'll visit is Mars.
Humankind has already sent rovers to Mars to explore the planet, and next summer, NASA will be sending another. Although the latest rover won't leave Earth until July, the rest of us have been offered a unique opportunity right now. The chance to send our name off into space with the rover, so in a way we can visit Mars long before anyone else.
🔴 We're taking names. And sending them to Mars.— NASA (@NASA) September 28, 2019
Submit your name to be etched onto a microchip that will ride on our #Mars2020 rover! The mission launches next summer, but get your boarding pass TODAY: https://t.co/mX7bZ5Ev6g. You have until 11:59pm ET on Sept. 30 to sign up. pic.twitter.com/0Fo7er2g5e
We say before anyone else. So far, almost 10.5 million people have signed up to have their name be a part of history. NASA will do so by etching all of those names onto a microchip and firing it off into space aboard the rover next July. Those who sign up will get a boarding pass and also some "frequent flier miles" for their name's trip to the red planet.
A fun idea, and one you don't have too long to take advantage of if you're yet to do so. The sign-up page closes tonight (September 30, 2019) at 11:59 pm EST. So if you want to be a part of history, sign up now by heading to NASA's sign-up page. Should you do so, whether you end up traveling to Mars one day or not, you'll always be able to say that your name landed on our neighboring planet before anyone had ever set foot on it.