NASA is inviting you from all over the world to submit your names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission which will launch in summer 2018. This was the first time a NASA spacecraft was named after a living person, honoring physicist Eugene Parker. At closest approach, Parker Solar Probe will be touching around the sun at approximately 450,000 miles per hour. That is fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second. The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions and your name will go along for the ride. According to the project scientist Nicola Fox Parker Solar Probe is quite literally, the fastest, hottest and as for him coolest mission under the Sun, and this incredible spacecraft is going to discover so much about our Star and how it works that they have not been able to understand. NASA just launched what it calls the “Hot Ticket” program to allow members of the general public to participate in the solar probe mission by having their names included in a tiny memory card that will be placed in the probe. Now let’s see how you can sign up:
Just enter your name and email on NASA’s sign-up page and submit your request. As soon as you have done that you will need to confirm your request by clicking on an email link sent from NASA. It will take you to a new page where you can confirm your submission and receive your digital “ticket” for the voyage.
Parker Solar Probe is an extraordinary and historic mission that is studying arguably the last and most important region of the solar system.
Remind: This was the first time NASA named a spacecraft for a living individual.