The two exploratory vehicles, separately launched in May and
early June, are expected to land on the Martian surface on Jan.
2 and Jan. 20, 2004. They will be able to move significant distances
and use a number of instruments to achieve their mission, which
is to help scientists determine the patterns of climate and
water distribution on Mars past and present.
Earthlings can send their names to Mars with the Rovers through
a special Web site, http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/2003/.
The registry is open to people of all ages and it is free.
Simply enter your name into the form in the Web page and submit
it by clicking the Add My Name button. Certificates
will be available for printing.
Anyone interested can also search online for other names in
The goal of the Send Your Name to Mars project is to collect
several million names for the Mars Exploration Rover-2003 Mission
Name Disk. So far, more than two million names have been collected.
If you want to be part of history or know more about the mission
of the twin Mars Rovers, get online now!