It seems that Indians are very excited about the planet Mars. That’s why when it comes to Nasa’s call for names for the Mars mission, more than 1 lakh Indians have registered their names. Yes, nearly 1,38,889 people from India have booked a flight to the Red Planet via Nasa’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission slated for launch on May 5, 2018. India is in the third position in terms of the number of registrations made (after the US with 6,76,773 names and China with 2,62,752 names).
NASA said in a tweet:
“Thanks for submitting your name to travel on our InSight lander! 2.4+ million names will land on Mars in Nov. 2018.”
“The grand total once a second microchip is added in early 2018 will be 2,429,807 names. Space enthusiasts who signed up this last round shared their downloadable “boarding passes” on social media, complete with the total number of flight miles they’ve collected by participating in engagement initiatives for other Mars missions.”
NASA’s Insight mission: All you need to know
NASA InSight stands for Interior Exploration and Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. More than 2.4 million names have signed up to get their names etched on the silicon microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. All those who submitted their names were provided online ‘boarding passes’ for the mission. Basically, the mission is to study the Martian surface (in simple words to investigate the deep interior of Mars).