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10.9 Million Names Now Aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover – Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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As part of NASA’s ‘Send Your Name to Mars’ campaign, they’ve been stenciled onto three microchips along with essays from NASA’s ‘Name the Rover’ contest. Next stop: Mars.

As part of NASA’s ‘Send Your Name to Mars’ campaign, they’ve been stenciled onto three microchips along with essays from NASA’s ‘Name the Rover’ contest. Next stop: Mars.
NASA’s
“Send Your Name to Mars” campaign invited people around the world to
submit their names to ride aboard the agency’s next rover to the Red Planet. Some
10,932,295 people did just that. The names were stenciled by electron beam
onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips, along with the essays of the 155
finalists in NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest.The
chips were then were
attached to an aluminum plate on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at Kennedy
Space Center in Florida on March 16. Scheduled to launch this summer, Perseverance will land at Jezero
Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.
The
three chips share space on the anodized plate with a laser-etched graphic depicting
Earth and Mars joined by the star that gives light to both. While
commemorating the rover that connects the two worlds, the simple illustration also
pays tribute to the elegant line art of the plaques aboard the Pioneer spacecraft
and golden records carried by Voyagers 1 and
2. Affixed to the center of the
rover’s aft crossbeam, the plate will be visible to cameras on Perseverance’s
mast.
Currently,
the coronavirus has not impacted the Mars Perseverance rover launch schedule. The
installation was one of numerous recent activities performed by the
Perseverance assembly, test and launch operations team. On March 21, the team
began reconfiguring the rover so it can ride atop the Atlas V rocket. Steps
included stowing the robotic arm, lowering and locking in place the remote
sensing mast and high-gain antenna, and retracting its legs and wheels.
The Perseverance rover is
a robotic scientist weighing just under 2,300 pounds (1,043 kilograms). It will
search for signs of past microbial life, characterize Mars’ climate and
geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and help pave the way for
human exploration of the Red Planet.
JPL, a division of Caltech
in Pasadena, is building and will manage operations of the Mars Perseverance
rover for NASA. The agency’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s
Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management. The Mars
2020 project with its Perseverance rover is part of a larger program that
includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the
Red Planet. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will
establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through
NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans.
For more information about the mission, go to:
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
For more about NASA’s Moon to Mars plans, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars
News Media Contact
Grey Hautaluoma / Alana JohnsonHeadquarters, Washington202-358-0668 / [email protected] / [email protected]
DC AgleJet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, [email protected]
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