More than 1 lakh Indians are "booked" for Mars
Space experts point out that US leading the list is not surprising since it is, after all, a NASA ...
Space experts point out that US leading the list is not surprising since it is, after all, a NASA mission.
The first is the US with 6,76,773 names followed by China with 2,62,752 names. India stands at number three.
According to the space agency, India ranks third in the global list with regard to the number of names submitted for the Mars mission.
Several Indians responded to NASA's call for names for the Mars mission. The total number of names received by NASA from all over the world is 2,429,807.
NASA states that those who submitted their names were provided online 'boarding passes' for the mission. The names are being etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This chip will then be attached to the top hull of the lander.
They have 'booked' a flight to the Red Planet via NASA's InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission slated for launch on May 5, 2018.
Around 1,38,899, people from India are Mars-bound.
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