Have your name written in the stars as part of NASA's latest initiative

Posted by ap507 at Oct 22, 2014 12:49 PM |
Professor Martin Barstow takes part in a public project to blast more than one million names into orbit
Have your name written in the stars as part of NASA's latest initiative

© NASA/Wikipedia; the Orion spacecraft with Orion Service Module

Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Head of the College of Science and Engineering, Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science and the President of the Royal Astronomical Society has signed up to a NASA initiative which invites members of the public to be part of the upcoming Orion space craft test launch - and he is encouraging people to follow in his footsteps and sign up online in order to have their names blasted into orbit.

He is one of more than one million people who have registered for the scheme in which participants complete an online registration form which will see their names etched onto a microchip and placed aboard the Orion craft.

NASA is asking people to register for the scheme before 31 October and it will coincide with the launch of Orion on 4 December – the agency’s first foray into manned spaceflight since it cancelled its shuttle programme in 2011.

Anyone who signs up will see their names journey into orbit on Orion before returning back to Earth as part of the craft’s first test launch. The names will be kept on record and eventually visit Mars - Orion’s long term goal.

During its short time in orbit it will travel 3,600-miles into space - 15 times higher than the International Space Station (ISS) - to measure the levels of radiation that astronauts will have to endure.

Like Professor Barstow, anyone who signs up will receive an online “boarding pass” to show their participation in the event.

Click here to submit your name for the initiative