On July 17, 2020, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has planned a mission with the launching of Mars 2020, a Mars rover and touch down will be in Jezero crater on Mars on February 18, 2021.
NASA said that the robotic rover will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of Mars.Source: EarthSky
They intend to investigate the Mars environment, while checking the surface geological processes and history, and assess the past habitability, possible past life on Mars and potential preservation of biosignatures within the geological materials.
NASA is also giving the public a chance to send their names – stenciled on chips – with the Mars 2020 rover mission.
So do you want to send your name to Mars on NASA’s next rover mission in 2020? You’ll get your name etched on a microchip affixed to the rover – and a souvenir boarding pass.
NASA will use an electron beam to stencil the submitted names onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers). At that size, more than a million names can be written on a single dime-sized microchip. The chip (or chips) will ride on the rover under a glass cover.Source: EarthSky
From now until September 30, 2019, you can add your name to the list (and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars) here. Here is the link to sign up:
So, let’s all go to Mars or if we can’t, we could just send our names to Mars. For whatever that’s worth. Life on Mars, past, present, and future. Maybe Edgar Rice Burrough’s imagination wasn’t so far fetched. Barsoom!
A/N: Edgar Rice Burrough was the writer that gave us John Carter of Mars, which was later made into a movie called John Carter, released in 2012.