Send Your Name To Mars


NASA invites the public to send their name to Mars. Names submitted by September 30, 2019 travel on the next Mars Rover Mission, expected to launch summer 2020. NASA will use a electron beam to etch submitted names onto silicone chips. With lines of text smaller than one thousandth the width of a human hair, each dime sized chip can contain over a million names. Engraved chips ride along with Rover under a glass cover. From EarthSky – https://earthsky.org/space/Send-your-name-to-mars-mission-2020?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=2e5c7b1c90-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-2e5c7b1c90-393970565

After submitting your name, NASA will send you a souvenir boarding pass and “frequent flyer” points. Miles/kilometers are awarded for each flight, with digital mission patches available to download. 

Image of rad planet Mars with a rectangular white ticket on top of it.

https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020/

Follow the link above to send your name to Mars.

 

Geological Stumper on Mars


Something quite curious has been discovered on Mars. NASA rover Opportunity has sent back images of spherical formations that have scientists stumped. The pictures taken at the rim of the Endeavour crater, are unlike anything seen before. Mars is known for a particular formation dubbed “blueberries”. The theory being that these “berries” formed long ago when water was present, interacted with minerals, and over time  erosion formed their bulbous shape. These tiny new formations seem to have a hard outer crust encasing a soft interior, and unlike “blueberries” a low iron content. Though not earth shattering news, scientists are pondering their brains out….

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/14sep_mysteryspheres/

Mystery Spheres on Mars (splash)

Photo from spaceweather.com