Hitch a ride to Mars on NASA InSight spacecraft blasting off in May

Hitch a ride to Mars by signing up to send your name on NASA's InSight spacecraft blasting off next year.

Submit your name by Nov. 1 to get a free commemorative boarding pass to fly aboard the InSight Lander, which will make the 34-million-mile trek to study the Red Planet's deep interior on May 5. Insight will land on Elysium Planitia, a broad plain that straddles the equator of Mars, on Nov. 26, 2018.

In what seems to be a page out of a Star Trek script, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California affixed a second dime-sized silicon wafer microchip to the lander's deck and will use an electron beam to write names in lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to the spacecraft before the mission was scrubbed.

Names will remain on Mars forever, so if you have privacy concerns about Martian marketing, well, don't do it. 

NASA's latest exploration mission of the Final Frontier aims to advance the understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth, shaped more than four billion years ago.

Using robotics and orbiters, NASA's Mars Exploration Program seeks to go where no man has gone before to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be, a habitable world, according to NASA. These robotic missions are a precursor to a manned mission to orbit and land on Mars by the mid-2030s.

Go to Mars.Nasa.gov to sign up and get your boarding pass. 

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