No, not really. Only my name – but it’s still so exciting! Everyone registering at NASA’s website here will get their name sent to Mars in 2020 on their next mission. If you do, you’ll get a really snazzy boarding card, and can sign up for updates.
My name went on a previous mission too back in 2014.
So I’m a ‘frequent flyer’ and have earned my mission patches.
This is all great fun, but there is a serious point to it in that NASA want to raise everyone’s consciousness and engagement with their research programmes and the future of spaceflight and exploration. Just don’t think about the $billions it’ll cost, or the politics – just celebrate the science, as we may have to boldly go in the future.
Watch the NASA trailer for the project with Captain Kirk himself narrating here.