US space agency NASA reported that nearly 1,38, 889 people have successfully registered their names to fly to Mars. Recently NASA invited general public as well as space enthusiast to register their names for the InSight Mars mission. NASA told that it will send the names of the participating candidates to Mars through a microchip which will be fitted to the InSight lander.
NASA further informed that India is ranked 3rd in terms of the number of registrations made. Out of total 2,429, 807 registrations, US topped the list with 6,76,773 registrations and the second position was acquired by China with 2,62,752. It was obvious that the US topped the list, but experts were surprised to see large number Indian participants for the Mars mission. According to them, India is among the first three nations because of two factors- First is the excitement and interest in Mars flights triggered by India’s ground-breaking Mangalyaan mission and second is the overall strengthening of India-US space ties.
The registered people will become a part of the NASA’s upcoming Mars mission named the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Mission, which is scheduled to take place on May 5, 2018. NASA has stated that online boarding passes have been provided to all those who have registered their names for the mission. The names are being etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This microchip will then be fitted to the top hull of the InSight Lander, as per the reports.
Andrew Good of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said TOI that the deadline to submit names was last week and they are no longer accepting submissions. The InSight mission is a 720-day Mars mission, and its main aim is to study Mars a swell as ge4t more information about the formation of rocky planets in the entire solar system.