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Send you name to Mars
by Esther Wu, staff writer

“Everyone on Earth who has ever dreamed of being an explorer on an alien planet will want to go along for the ride as we explore the surface of Mars,” said Dr. Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator for the Office of Space Science.

In 2003, NASA will launch twin Mars Rovers to the Red Planet.

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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 database.

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!

 

 

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