Practically 11 million individuals landed on Mars final week – even when it was simply in names solely.
When NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on the purple planet, it did so bearing three silicon chips.
Upon these small items of silicon – each no bigger than a fingernail – hundreds of thousands of names had been etched with an electron beam.
The beam permits for the writing to be lower than one micron throughout – a lot lower than the width of a human hair.
In whole, 10,932,295 individuals from round 250 international locations and territories had their names journey the 300 million miles by means of the photo voltaic system aboard the rover.
And 284,350 of these had been individuals within the UK, with taking part international locations stretching from the US to Niue as a part of the “Ship Your Identify To Mars” mission.
The silicon chips had been hooked up to a plate on one among Perseverance’s central beams, making certain the digital camera on the rover might see them.
A digital boarding move was additionally despatched to those that signed up for the scheme.
The earlier NASA touchdown on Mars was InSight in November 2018 – this craft had 2,429,807 earthling names on it.
In the meantime, 7,289,416 individuals have already signed as much as have their names transported throughout the cosmos on the company’s subsequent mission to the purple planet.