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Send your name to Mars!

Send your name to Mars!
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You might not be able to visit the Red Planet, but you can send your name on the next mission. The InSight project could carry your name on a microchip to live forever on the surface of Mars. Don't get left behind!

You have until September 8 to add your name to a silicon microchip that will be on NASA's InSight Mars lander when it launches next year. NASA's done this before, sending 1.38 million people's names on a chip on the Orion spacecraft's first flight last December. Orion will eventually take astronauts to deep space, including an asteroid and Mars itself.

When you sign up, you get a pretty cool "boarding pass" from NASA. Check it out:

The InSight Mars lander is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in March of next year. It's expected to land on the Red Planet on September 28, 2016. It's going to study the interior of Mars using a seismometer and a heat probe that will hammer itself deep into the planet's ground.

Click here to get your name on the chip that's carrying the names aboard InSight and up to our neighbor planet. More than 100,000 people worldwide have done so already, including one person in Tuvalu.

This is only the second time NASA has done the names-on-a-microchip publicity stunt (a pretty neat publicity stunt, we admit). But the space agency promises many more, and encourages you to add your email to collect frequent flier miles over the next few decades of missions to Mars.

What do you think about NASA's PR move? Cool or cheesy? Let us know in the comments below, and check back often to our Happening Now page for the latest tech news.

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