You can send your name to Mars on NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet

If you want to leave your mark on Mars, NASA is currently accepting applications for people who want to send their names to the planet.

Applications for NASA’s Perseverance rover which just touched down on Mars reached more than 5.8 million people hoping to send their names.

But don’t worry, if you missed your chance to send your name to the red planet, NASA is giving you another chance.

The space agency said it was reopening applications because of “a lot of excitement” over the Perseverance mission.

All you ned to do is head to the Mars NASA website and submit your name, country, postcode and email.

People who submit their names will be given a fun mock “boarding pass”.

They will also be given a “frequent flyer” account so they can see how many miles their name’s have travelled.

The project has been popular all over the world, with most applications coming from the Philippines.

More than 2 million people applied there, followed by the US with 670,000 names.

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India and the UK followed them, with 274,000 and 257,000 names each.

If you submit your name, it will be etched into a microchip with an electron beam and placed into NASA’s next spacecraft.

This electron beam, or “e-beam”, is so accurate it can write things down to 1 nanometer, 100,000 times thinner than paper.

The microchip can hold hundreds of thousands of names, and Perseverance had 3 chips!

This isn’t a new idea from NASA, they have done this before on many past missions.

Some missions include Mars Science Lab, MAVEN, Mars Exploration Rovers, Orion and InSight projects.

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