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It’s a freezing, hellish landscape covered in deadly radiation and completely populated by one-ton robots – and now you can post your name to the surface of Mars for free!

Nasa has announced that it will accept proposals for would-be space explorers who want to fire their monikers onto the Red Planet

Microchips engraved with millions of names make the 34-million-mile journey aboard a mission planned for 2026

The US space agency ran a similar program for their Perseverance Mars rover, which landed on Earth’s dusty neighbor last week

It was carrying three fingernail-sized silicon chips stenciled with nearly 11 million names when it hit the Jezero crater

The $ 27 billion robots embark on a two-year mission to look for signs of alien life

Anyone wishing to sign up for Nasa’s next interplanetary trip can do so by going to the official Send Your Name To Mars website

Click on “Register for the next flight” and enter your name, address and email address to secure your seat

Participants receive a digital boarding pass that they can show to friends and family

NASA announced that it would close the registration on Jan. February opened due to the “great excitement” about Perseverance, which landed on the same day

At the time of writing, more than eight million people have shown their interest

The “e-beam” machine enables the writing of very small features: less than 1 micron, much less than the width of a human hair

It’s typically used by NASA engineers to make tiny devices at the JPL Microdevices Laboratory in California

Details of Nasa’s next Mars mission are poor. It could be another rover or an immobile lander like Insight

In cooperation with NASA, the European Space Agency will send a spaceship to the Red Planet this year

It will take in a handful of Martian soil and rocks collected by Perseverance and left in titanium tubes on the planet’s surface

The samples will be returned to Earth and analyzed by scientists for evidence of alien microbes that may have lived on Mars billions of years ago

A ground penetrating radar that shows buried rocks, meteorites and even possible underground water sources up to a depth of 10 meters

A series of sensors that measure temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, and other atmospheric conditions

An experiment in which Mars carbon dioxide is converted into oxygen. An enlarged version could be used in the future to supply Mars colonists with breathable air

A camera system that can capture 3D images by combining two or more photos into one

From Baker Street to Mars: Sherloc contains an ultraviolet laser that scans the Martian rock for organic compounds

In other news this week, Nasa’s Perseverance Rover revealed stunning video and audio footage from the surface of the Red Planet

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