NASA invites public to submit names and poems to Mars

MAVEN spacecraft

MAVEN spacecraft

WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2013 – NASA issued a press release yesterday inviting members of the public to submit names and a haiku online to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study Mars’ upper atmosphere.  So if you can’t go to Mars yourself, your name certainly can.

The names and poems will be on a DVD carried on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, scheduled to launch in November.   The mission will be coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP), and will study the how the loss of atmosphere determined the history of water on the surface of the planet.

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