Filipinos lead signups in NASA program to send names to Mars on future missions; Philippines leads names submissions for future Mars mission
The Philippines tops the total number of registrations to go to Mars in 2026 in the whole world, according to its tally. The country surpassed 500,000 signatories as of 6 p.m. today, July 30, 2020.
NASA recently called the public to sign up for their Mars mission, wherein guests can get their own souvenir “boarding pass” in this website: go.nasa.gov/2X9ImOy
Filipinos lead signups in NASA program to send names to Mars on future missions
NASA's latest Mars rover Perseverance is set to launch Thursday, with 10.9 million names of people from around the globe already on board.
And for future missions to the Red Planet, Filipinos are leading the roster of name submissions.
Of more than a million people who have signed up under NASA's Send Your Name To Mars program for future missions, the Philippines ranked first with 300,216 submitted names as of this posting.
In the launch of the Perseverance mission, the Philippines ranked 23rd with 69,995 submitted names. Turkey led the list with 2,528,844 signups out of nearly 11 million.
Perseverance is set to take off at 7:50 a.m. eastern time (7:50 p.m. in Manila) from Cape Canaveral, Florida Thursday.
Mars-bound: NASA's life-seeking rover Perseverance set for launch
If all goes to plan, it will reach the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, becoming the 5th rover to complete the voyage since 1997.
"The rover will collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth by future Mars sample return missions. It also will test new technologies to benefit future robotic and human exploration of Mars," NASA said in its official website. -
Philippines leads names submissions for future Mars mission
The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is set to be launched this evening, bringing with it almost 11 million people who will "join" the flight to the red planet via three silicon chips carrying their names.
Of the 10,932,295 submitted names ticking off the #CountdownToMars, the Philippines ranks 23rd with 69,995 names joining the mission.
The country currently ranks first, however, for a future Mars mission with over 150,000 names submitted as of writing, beating more populated countries like the United States and Brazil.
For interested Filipinos who missed the chance to sign up for the Mars 2020 mission and fly their names on the Perseverance rover, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is already collecting names for a mid-2020's mission where a yet-to-be-identified spacecraft bound for Mars will carry the names.
“This opportunity will remain open and does not have a close date yet. A close date will be announced as the mission that will fly the names is identified. That’s a few years away, so in the meantime, tell your friends and family to sign up!” read NASA’s frequently asked questions page for the future mission.
Send your name to Mars and obtain your boarding pass here.