Send Your Name on the Journey to Mars

Welcome Future Martians!

You can now send your name to Mars on a microchip aboard InSight for its March 2016 mission. The deadline to submit your name is September 8, so don’t forget to sign up!

There are three essential questions that have been driving Mars exploration.

  1. Is there water on Mars?
  2. Is or was Mars ever capable of sustaining life?
  3. Could we live on Mars?

Our robotic explorers have helped us answer some questions and created others. From the orbiters to the landers and the rovers, our knowledge of Mars has increased as our imaginations fill with new possibilities.

NASA’s latest Discovery Program mission, InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), is slated for a March 2016 launch date and set to arrive on the surface of Mars late the same year. InSight will use a seismometer and a heat-flow probe to study the interior structure of the Red Planet.

Cube Satellites will be released before InSight lands on Mars. These small satellites will be used to relay communications.

It may answer many questions about Mars:

  • Is it still seismically active?
  • Are there Mars quakes?
  • Does it have a warm core?

InSight will help us continue to solve these mysteries during its journey to Mars. Be a part of this historic launch by adding your name to the list of those going to Mars. Get your ticket and frequent flyer miles now and check out the hashtag #JourneyToMars. NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip–and it’s free!

September 8 is the last day to make sure that you’re on board!

Sandra Kaszynski
Educator Professional Development
Jet Propulsion Laboratory