Get Your Name on the Mars 2020 Rover
Once NASA vets the names, JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory will etch them into a silicon chip using an electron beam. Your name will be printed in a font that is about 75 nanometers, less than one-thousandth as thick as a hair on your head.
That is tiny yes, but allows for more than a million names to be inscribed on a microchip the size of a penny. However, with all the names that are likely to be submitted, it will likely take several chips. It is expected that there will be at least 2.4 million names submitted. That is roughly how many were etched on chips sent to Mars last year on NASA’s InSight lander.
The Mars 2020 rover should be an even bigger draw because of its role in NASA’s efforts to seek out proof of past or present life on Mars.
NASA’s Plans For The Mars 2020 Rover
Thomas Zurbuchen said, “We want everyone to share in this journey of exploration.” Zurbuchen is the Washington Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. In a recent news release, he stated, “It’s an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.”
The rover weighs over a ton and is the size of a small car. It will lift off some time in 2020 and land on Mars in 2021. The primary main of the Rover will be focused on Jezero Crater. It will explore an ancient dried-up river delta that is located near a large impact basin. NASA wants to know if rocks and soil surrounding the crater contain any organic molecules or traces of microbes.