NASA has launched accepting applications for participation in the program “Send your name to Mars aboard the Mars-2020 rover”.
Habr is now a Martian:
It turns out that NASA has a good tradition (previously such actions were already in 2014, 2015, 2017) - before launching the next rover, collect the names of any Earthlings who want to go to Mars, however, so far, in the form of etched (engraved) lines on a microchip that will be placed inside the Mars 2020 rover.
At the moment, more than 700,000 people have already decided to take part in this “marsoim name”.
Missions that previously participated in this program are: Mars Science Lab, MAVEN, Mars Exploration Rovers, Orion, InSight, as well as New Horizons and the Parker Solar Probe.
Data collection on this action in NASA will be held until September 30, 2019.
The previous such program took place before the launch of the “InSight” machine:
link to the program
"Send your name to Mars aboard the Mars-2020 rover."
(Mars 2020 Rover Mission) is a mission of the Martian rover, developed by NASA with a possible launch in the summer of 2020 and arrival on Mars in February 2021.
The new rover is intended for astrobiological studies of the ancient environment on Mars, the surface of the planet, geological processes and history, including the assessment of the past habitability of the planet and the search for evidence of life within the available geological materials.
So far, the Mars-2020 rover does not have its own name, but this is a fixable matter.
on the Mars-2020 rover:
A microphone will be installed on board the Mars 2020 to record the sounds of Mars.
The main technical innovation of the fifth NASA rover will be a small drone helicopter that will remotely conduct reconnaissance of the most optimal areas to search for potential traces of life on the surface of the fourth planet of the solar system.