You can send your name to Mars on the next mission: here's how

NASA Will Send Your Name to Outer Space

Maybe you didn't make it through the selection for being sent to colonize Mars, but you can still get a piece of yourself on the red planet, just make sure you get your boarding pass.

NASA is accepting submissions until September 8 from people who want to send their names to Mars on board of the next mission, in a tiny chip. If you want to sign up and reserve a spot, all you need to do is to fill your info on NASA's website and you will receive your virtual ticket with details such as time of departure and arrival, location and of course your name.

This is not the first time NASA has sent names to space. The spacecraft that recently flew by Pluto was carrying 430,000 names and another 1.38 million boarded on the Orion spacecraft in December 2014. If you send your name on multiple missions, you can earn frequent flyer points and stay posted on the upcoming chances to take a virtual trip to space.

Meanwhile, here are some beautiful images of the last mission to Mars:

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You can send your name to Mars on the next mission: here's how
This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now. It was taken March 13, 2014, just north of the "Kimberley" waypoint.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. In the foreground, multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments in that direction (toward Mount Sharp).
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests multiple episodes of delta growth building southward. It is from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This image shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover acquired this view on Oct. 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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