In summer of 2018, NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere, just about four million miles from the star’s surface. This spacecraft will be the first-ever mission to touch the sun.
Aboard this spacecraft is a microchip in which names of humans from Earth will be inscribed.
And, to have as many as human names as possible on that microchip, NASA is inviting everyone to submit their names online!
It will only take anyone these four easy steps to have their names in that microchip aboard the Parker Solar Probe:
1. First, fill out the online form with your first and last name and your email address. The form is found here.
2. Then wait for a confirmation email saying that your submission has been received. Click on the link included in the email.
3. The link will bring you to a copy of a certificate confirming that your name has already been included in the list. This certificate has a NASA logo and is downloadable/printable so you can keep a copy/souvenir as proof of your participation.
4. You will then receive another email which states your certificate number for the mission.
Here’s a sample certificate that you may receive:
Submissions will only be accepted until April 27, 2018.
NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe is so fast at approximately 430,000 mph. It’s like travelling from Washington D.C. to Tokyo in under 60 seconds.
The mission is being conducted not just for humans to achieve another milestone in space exploration. It will serve a bigger and more significant purpose: once it gets to the moon, it will provide new data on solar activity and shall make humans forecast major space-weather events that can impact life on Earth.
Once recent study by the National Academy of Sciences estimated that without advance warning a huge solar event could cause two trillion dollars in damage in the US alone. Parker Solar Probe will unlock the mysteries of corona to protect humans from the threats of space weather. Specifically, it will trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles.