Send your name to the asteroid belt!

By Phil Plait | October 30, 2006 8:12 pm

This has been done before on other missions, but it’s still cute: NASA is putting a microchip onboard the Dawn spacecraft which will contain the names of thousands of people. You can have your name on it too: just sign up for it!

Dawn is a mission to study the big asteroids Ceres and Vesta, and it’s had a checkered past. I’m really glad to see everything going well for it now! 170,000 people have signed up to have their names sent to main asteroid belt. Will yours be among them?

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, NASA, Science, Time Sink

Comments (19)

  1. CanonicalKoi

    The sign-up link appears to be broken. :(

  2. Oops. Typo in the link. I fixed it, thanks for letting me know!

  3. Michelle Rochon

    And wee, my name is registered to go to outer space!

    Pointless, but fun. :P

  4. Confuddled

    ^_^ Yay my name is on! ^_^

  5. John

    Hurray, I am off to the stars, well asteroids, even if it is in name only.

  6. diederick

    Cool! I’ve always wanted to see the asteroids. When are we leaving?

  7. csrster

    Frodo Baggins is on his way into space.

  8. Grand Lunar

    I’m going off into space! Well, my name is anyway.
    Suppose some intelligence (however unlikely) finds the thing? Will they assume all of us are associated with DAWN?
    Facinating thought. Wish they did this with New Horizons; then it’d be more likely.

  9. One Eyed Jack

    I sent my son into space. I hope he writes. Probably won’t. Ungrateful teenagers!

  10. American Voyager

    Grand Lunar, it was done with New Horizons. My daughter and I are both riding to Pluto and beyond right now. Very cool thought! We are in good company too. Some of Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes are on that probe as well. What a fitting trubute!

  11. American Voyager

    Grand Lunar, it was done with New Horizons. My daughter and I are both riding to Pluto and beyond right now. Very cool thought! We are in good company too. Some of Clyde Tombaughs ashes are on that probe as well. What a fitting trubute!

  12. Navneeth

    Dawn is a mission to study the big asteroids Ceres and Vesta, and it’s had a checkered past.

    Those poor scientists. They didn’t know that Ceres in fact was a dwarf planet, and not an asteroid.

  13. L Ron Hubbub

    Signed up my brand new grandson. To infinity and beyond, ‘Cenzo!

  14. Chet

    Thanks, Phil!
    I’ve signed in. I will let my wife know so that she can then tell her sixth grade students about it.
    Oh, put my name in for the New Horizon Mission, too.
    Now, let us go!

  15. Gary Ansorge

    Dang, after signing up the page gave me an 80004005, “unspecified error” so I didn’t get my confirmation letter. Oh well, I tried,,,

    GAry 7

  16. Melusine

    I got that error too, Gary. Darn, I wanted to print out my two nieces names–they’d think it nifty.

  17. I am not a game, I am not a world, I am WOWgame

  18. Richard Par

    360,000 names are onboard Dawn… The spacecraft should hopefully be shipped off to Cape Canaveral to begin launch preps early next month :)

  19. With the UK confirming two cases of swine flu and the World Health Organization raising its alert level from three to four, the threat does sound quite serious.

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