NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars

            NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --NASA is inviting members of
the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be
carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.


Scheduled for launch in November, the DVD will be in NASA's Mars Atmosphere
and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The DVD is part of the mission's
Going to Mars Campaign coordinated at the University of Colorado at Boulder's
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP).

The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public also is encouraged to
submit a message in the form of a three-line poem, or haiku. However, only
three haikus will be selected. The deadline for all submissions is July 1. An
online public vote to determine the top three messages to be placed on the DVD
will begin July 15.

"The Going to Mars campaign offers people worldwide a way to make a personal
connection to space, space exploration, and science in general, and share in
our excitement about the MAVEN mission," said Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the
MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program at CU/LASP.

Participants who submit their names to the Going to Mars campaign will be able
to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement with the
MAVEN mission.

"This new campaign is a great opportunity to reach the next generation of
explorers and excite them about science, technology, engineering and math,"
said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator from CU/LASP. "I look forward
to sharing our science with the worldwide community as MAVEN begins to piece
together what happened to the Red Planet's atmosphere."

MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the
Martian upper atmosphere. The spacecraft will investigate how the loss of
Mars' atmosphere to space determined the history of water on the surface.

"This mission will continue NASA's rich history of inspiring and engaging the
public in spaceflight in ongoing Mars exploration," said David Mitchell, MAVEN
project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

MAVEN's principal investigator is based at the University of Colorado at
Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. The university will
provide science operations, science instruments and lead Education and Public
Outreach. Goddard manages the project and provides two of the science
instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the
spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of
California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory provides science instruments
for the mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., provides
navigation support, the Deep Space Network and the Electra telecommunications
relay hardware and operations.

To participate in the Going to Mars campaign, visit

For more information on MAVEN, visit:


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