My name's in Space already
Beamed out in Morse code more years ago now than I care to remember.
NASA is giving you the chance to send your name off into space. It will be engraving millions of names onto a tiny silicon chip by using an electron beam over a ready-made stencil and booting it off to the Red Planet onboard its Mars 2020 rover. Any extraterrestrial life will have a hard time trying to read the ruddy thing …
Don't worry, there's more than likely a tick box to say you don't want your details shared with Martian marketing companies. I don't think they or all of the US have GDPR style controls yet. I'm not quite sure what the Martians could interest me in but I for one welcome extra terrestrial junk mail.
Ah, those words uttered by Delos David Harriman at the beginning of "The Man Who Sold The Moon". I myself believe that D.D., as his friends called him, was the first to promise people that their names would be inscribed on a monument left behind on the Lunar surface, for a small fee each. As NASA did IRL, he inscribed the names so small that it would require a powerful microscope to read them.
I posted the news on the HUKD website a few days ago, already heading towards a 2000 degree heat level of appreciation.
The boarding cards are rather nicer than the certificates they gave out in the past; my son's name will be entering the Oort cloud on the New Horizons space probe.
My daughter is doing a class "Show and Tell" on this offering at school today, we have printed out photos of the Atlas V rocket and graphics of the Mars Rover, as well as the boarding card.
Looking for somewhere to redeem the 313 million airmiles..........
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