If reports are to be believed, then around 1,38,999 people from India have booked their tickets to Mars through Nasa’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission, which has been expected to launch on May 5, 2018. Nasa said that those who registered with their names were presented with an online ‘boarding pass’ for the mission. The traveler’s name is being written on a silicon wafer microchip by an electro bean to create letters with lines on one-thousandth the diameters of a human hair.
On Wednesday, as per Nasa, India ranks third in the global list with regard to the number of names submitted for the Mars mission. Talking about the first and second ranks in the global list, America tops with 6,76,773 names followed by China with 2,62,752 names. The Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Andrew Good said to the Times of India that the deadline to submit names was past week and “we are no longer accepting submissions”. Nasa also says that InSight’s focus is not only to study Mars but also to attain booster on the way into the creation of rocky planets in the whole solar system.