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Old 05-27-2019, 03:22 PM
 
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no lie:
https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/se...name/mars2020/
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:54 PM
 
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Already did this. So cool!
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:00 AM
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I don't feel that important or entitled...
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:02 AM
 
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I did this for the Curiosity rover. This has also been done for a couple of other missions, including (I think) the Phoenix Lander. You submit your name which is added to a chip, along with the names of others who participated. The end result is that your name is sent to Mars. I'm not sure the chip is actually used. As far as I know, it's basically an alternative to placing names on a piece of paper or etched on a plaque. The chip can hold a lot of names. In a nutshell, it's just a public relations program that allows people from around the world to send a tiny piece of themselves (their name) as digital graffiti to the planet Mars. It's pretty unlikely any people on Mars in the future will ever retrieve the chip, although I suppose that's possible. Still, it's not often to send such a symbol of yourself to Mars or elsewhere around the galaxy.

With the 2020 rover, the chip will be attached and included somewhere inside the rover. You can sort of think of it as having your name as a proxy of yourself traveling with the rover across the surface of Mars. If you think about it in an historical sense, people have left traces of their existence here on Earth for a long time. Handprints and drawings in caves is an example. Some of those things were made some 65,000 years ago and can still be seen today. Tombstones are another example where names of people can be found. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is another example.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_painting
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Walk_of_Fame
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