InSight Mars Lander
Nov. 26, 2018, the InSight Mars Lander will be making its descent on the surface of Mars – but not alone. The presence of 2.5 million earthlings will accompany the Martian exploratory mission as it encounters the “seven minutes of terror” upon landing.
In 2015, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invited the public to send their names aboard InSight via a silica microchip. Nearly 827,000 names were sent to the silica chip, including all of the members of the Robinson Family Aerospace Mission.
In 2018, NASA invited the public once more to participate in the mission, which led to 2,429,807 names being placed on a second silica microchip.
Every name submitted was designated a boarding pass – rather than a certificate like previous missions. Each boarding pass contains a number of flight miles which participants have accumulated by engaging in initiatives for other Martian missions.
Do you have an InSight boarding pass? Let us know if you’re heading to Mars!