November 10, 2017
Joining the international Mars mission, 2,636 Nepalis have registered their names for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s investigative tour to Mars.
The 728-day Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is scheduled for launch on May 5, 2018 and will reach Mars on November 26, 2018.
Including Nepal, a total number of 2,429,807 people from various countries such as the United States (676,773) China (262,752), India (138,899) and United Kingdom (96241) have registered their names for the mission.
“Using sophisticated geophysical instruments, InSight will delve deep beneath the surface of Mars, detecting the fingerprints of the processes of terrestrial planet formation, as well as measuring the planet’s vital signs,” says NASA.
The US space agency further informed that it has provided boarding online passes for all those who have submitted names and has also printed all the approved entries on a microchip that will be placed aboard the spacecraft.
Through this mission, NASA also aims at finding out how the terrestrial planets have formed.