Thanks to NASA you can now participate in the next mission to Mars by adding your name to a silicon microchip aboard the InSight Mars Lander. You have until the 8th of September to register for the journey, which is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars September 28, 2016 with the mission to study the deep interior of the planet with the first Martian seismometer. If you intend to make your name a Mars mission regular, you can earn “frequent flyer” miles that you will never be able to use, but that doesn’t sound much different than what most airlines already offer us today on Earth. On the other hand, it could be essential for space nerd bragging rights if you start racking up miles now.
Over 1.38 million people “flew” on a chip aboard the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft last December so prepare for this particular flight to be even more crowded.