Over 100,000 Indian People to “Travel” to Mars

Curiosity approaching Mars

After being properly equipped with their own special online boarding passes, over 100,000 Indian people are ready to make their first journey to Mars. All those people will be part of NASA’s InSight mission which will begin on May 5th, 2018. In total, there will be 2.4 million people from all over the world who will “travel” to the mysterious Red Planet.

This is all metaphorical as those people will only have their names sent to Mars. Every “passenger” will have their name etched on to a wafer microchip made out of silicon. The team will be doing this by using an electron beam which will form the letters of their names. The names will measure only one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. The team will then attach those chips to the hull of the lander.

India, the third country in the world with most people on Mars

According to what NASA declared on Wednesday, India is the third country in the world when it comes to the number of people that will “travel” to the Red Planet. The first country on that list is the United States followed by China. India is the third country which will have the most names on Mars.

There should be no surprise that the United States leads the list with the most names. This is, after all, a NASA mission. Still, it’s very interesting that India has managed to become the third country on the list, close to China. This sudden interest could prove two things.

Firstly, the groundbreaking Mangalyaan mission, which probably increased many people’s interest in space travelling. The second thing might be the ties between India and the United States which are now getting stronger than ever.

The InSight mission will last 720 days and has the purpose to collect more data from the Red Planet by analyzing “Marsquakes”.

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