One million humans will have their name written onto a silicon chip on the next rover to be sent to Mars, due for liftoff in mid-2020.There is however only a problem: each line of text containing names will be a mere 75 nanometers wide, which is less than a thousandth the thickness of a human hair. But what about the symbol ? The Mars 2020 rover will be an even bigger deal, thanks to its role in NASA’s accelerating campaign to look for evidence of ancient life on Mars.
“We want everyone to share in this journey of exploration. 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,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said in a news release. From now until Sept. 30, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking names. Interested ? All you have to do is type your name and location into an online form on NASA’s website and hit the “Send” button.