Attention, all space nerds! NASA’s inviting everyone to join them in the historic launching of the Perseverance rover to Mars. In line with the big cosmic send off on July 30, the agency’s urging people from all over the world to participate in the event from the safety of their homes.
Options include submitting a countdown video to be shown on the day of the launch, taking a photo booth image on Mars or next to the rover, and signing your name to be sent to the red planet on a future space mission.
The mission is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida next week to start off the rover’s seven-month long journey. Once it lands on Mars’ Jezero Crater it will then go on to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on the planet. It’s also tasked to gather rock and soil samples to bring back to Earth, in order to pave way for research to be used for possible missions in the future.
"During these challenging times, no matter where you are, you can participate in this launch and help send this robotic geologist on a mission to explore worlds beyond our own," said Michael Greene, director for communications and education at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in an official statement.
Here are all the things you can do to participate in the Perseverance rover’s launch before July 30:
Countdown To Mars
Record your own version of the iconic “"5-4-3-2-1" countdown and tag it on social media with #CountdownToMars. Who knows? Your video might be featured on NASA’s social media pages or it might even be shown on the launch day itself.
Click here to participate.
Send Your Name to Mars, Again!
FYI, aboard the Perseverance rover are three dime-size chips with 10.9 million names submitted worldwide. Now, if you didn’t get the chance to submit your name for this one, don’t worry because you can always join in on the next mission in the future.
Sign up here to send your name on the next mission to Mars and leave your mark in space.
Mars Photo Booth
You can also take a souvenir photo with NASA’s virtual Mars Photo Booth. Visit the page and take a snap beside the Atlas V rocket, a.k.a. the contraption responsible for launching Perseverance rover.
Virtual Launch Packet
Read all about the mission by opening a flipbook packed with information on the historic launch. You may download it as a PDF here.
Spacecraft 3D Rover Experience
Immerse yourself in the Perseverance rover via an interactive 3D experience.
Lastly, you can watch the launch on the day itself by visiting NASA’s launch toolkit here.