Now, even if you can’t go to Mars, your name still can

NASA is asking members of the public to submit their names to fly to Mars aboard the space agency’s next lander, launching to the red planet in 2016

All names submitted before Sept. 8 will be flown to Mars on a silicon microchip onboard the InSight lander, and one high-profile space fan is already supporting the program.

“It’s a fun way to get interested in space exploration,” William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk on Star Trek, told Mashable.

This isn’t the first time a NASA mission has flown names to space. The New Horizons spacecraft, which recently flew by Pluto but launched to space in 2006, carried more than 430,000 names with it on its close approach to the dwarf planet Read more…

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