Buckle up, because NASA is taking the trip of a lifetime, and your name can go with them! If your kids (or even you) are interested at all in space, this is one heck of a treat for them – and it's absolutely free.
NASA is inviting people around the world to have their name sent on the next Mars mission, and they're even throwing in a boarding pass and frequent flyer miles! So what are you waiting for? Sign up!
It's absolutely free to send your name to Mars, and all you have to do is enter your first name, last name, country, postal code and email address on the NASA website. Then, click the Send My Name to Mars" button, claim your boarding pass and start the countdown to the Mars 2020 Rover mission!
This is something that will spark those little imaginations. Even though no humans will be aboard the Mars 2020 Rover, all names submitted to NASA will be physically etched onto a red microchip headed for the Red Planet. So while your kiddo might be a little young to begin astronaut training, their names will be up there!
You have until Sept. 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET to submit your name and fly along on the mission. There's even a counter on the NASA website to see how many names have been entered so far – and it was in the millions the last time I checked. Plus, while you're there, you can create a Frequent Flyer account to have your name sent on even more missions – which is the perfect way to get kids interested in science.
The Mars 2020 Rover is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program and is set to launch in July 2020 and will attempt to seek out signs of habitable conditions to answer that big question: is there potential for life on Mars? You can learn more about the mission here and follow along with the countdown until it launches.