Thursday May 2, 2013 0 commentsBOULDER - NASA is inviting the public to submit names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft to Mars that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
Scheduled for launch in November, the DVD will be in NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and is part of the mission's "Going to Mars" campaign coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP).
The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public is also encouraged to submit a message in the form of a three-line poem, or haiku, but only three haikus will be selected.
Deadline for submissions is July 1. An online public vote to determine the top three haiku messages will begin July 15.
"The Going to Mars campaign offers people worldwide a way to make a personal connection to space, space exploration and science in general and share in our excitement about the MAVEN mission," said Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program at CU/LASP.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The mission will investigate how the loss of Mars' atmosphere determined the history of water on the surface.
To take part in the Going to Mars campaign, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars.