Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will embed the names of the participants on the microchip by using an electron beam to write in lines smaller than ‘one-thousandth the width of a human hair’. The very same technology was also used to perform this practice at the time of Orion’s flight, NASA’s mission to Mars in 2014. The microchips will be affixed to the Insight lander deck and once on Mars, will remain there forever. Those interested can enrol for the NASA Frequent Flyer here.
The InSight lander mission is the first by NASA which will be dedicated to studying the deep interiors of Mars. Acronym for ‘Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport’, the mission is set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in May 2018 and will land on Mars in November 2018. The NASA InSight lander project is being managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is a part of NASA's Discovery Program and is located in Pasadena, California.
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