So when you were a kid (or last week or whenever) you wanted to be an astronaut and make a trip to the moon.
OK, you’re no Buzz Aldrin or even Buzz Lightyear. That dream didn’t work out so well, but how about if you could at least get your name to the moon.
NASA is now allowing folks to submit their John Hancock to a database which will be placed on a microchip and put on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft. The LRO will be in orbit around the big green cheese in the sky for many years.
According to a NASA press release,
“Everyone who sends their name to the moon, like I’m doing, becomes part of the next wave of lunar explorers,” said Cathy Peddie, deputy project manager for LRO at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “The LRO mission is the first step in NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2020, and your name can reach there first. How cool is that?”
That press release says the deadline to submit your name has passed, but if you click on the link in the release, it states they will still allow you to add your name until the July 25, 2008 deadline.
As future moon orbiters, you also get a pdf of a certificate announcing you’re part of the mission.