Almost 138,899 individuals are Mars-bound from India. They have “booked” a flight via NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration utilizing Geodesy, Seismic Investigations, and Heat Transport) mission to the Red Planet scheduled for rollout on May 5, 2018. NASA claims that those who gave their names for the mission were offered online “boarding passes.” The names are being imprinted on a microchip of silicon wafer utilizing an electron ray to form letters with thickness of 1/1000th of the diameter of a human hair. This chip will then be fitted to the peak hull of the lander.
Various Indians replied to call from NASA for the Mars mission for names. The total number of names established from all over the world by NASA is 2,429,807. As per NASA last week, India positions 3rd in the worldwide list when it comes to the number of names provided for the mission on Mars. The 1st is the US with 676,773 names chased by China with 262,752 names. India ranks at 3rd place.
Space analysts highlight that the U.S. leading the rankings is not astonishing since it is, in spite of everything, a mission from NASA. On the other hand, they do claim that the fact that India is alongside to China is a matter of importance. They feature India being ranked amongst the first 3 countries is due to 2 factors: the interest and excitement in Mars flights activated by ground-breaking mission of Mangalyaan from India, and the in general intensification of India-US space ties.
Andrew Good of JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) of NASA claimed to the media in an interview that the time limit to give names was previous week and we are no longer acknowledging submissions. Scheduled on November 26, 2018, for landing close to the equator of the Mars, it is a mission of 720 Days, which will collect information on the Martian interior by keeping an eye on the Marsquakes.
NASA claims that the role of InSight is not just to survey Mars, but also to get a broader and wider insight into the configuration of rocky planets in the whole solar system.