Send your name to Mars #profmcateer #amacrojot #InSight #JourneyToMars


How about a trip to Mars? NASA is running a competition to  ‘Send Your Name to Mars’ on a silicon microchip aboard the new InSight probe. Anyone can submit their names for inclusion on a dime-sized microchip that will travel on a variety of spacecraft voyaging to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

“Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, “By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you’re showing that you’re part of that journey and the future of space exploration.” There are already 67,000 people on there. But time is of the essence since the deadline to submit your name is soon: Sept. 8, 2015.

NASA has made it easy to sign up. To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, click go here:

You can also print out your  ‘Boarding Pass’Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 12.18.28 PMI’ll pick up 297 million airmiles! Your frequent flier points soon accumulate by your participation in NASA’s ‘fly-your-name opportunity’ that will span multiple missions and multiple decades beyond low Earth orbit. Blast off for this mission is March 2016.

ASTR105G students – get your extra credit here by signing up and sharing your boarding pass.




Space, meet Space #amacrojot #ISS


Space is awesome.

I mean awesome in the original meaning of the word ‘awesome’, in that it fills us with awe. In the new meaning of the word awesome (i.e., cool)  we, as humans, are gradually learning how to live in space by spending time on the International Space Station. In this amazing footage from the international space station, an astronaut Scott Kelly, captures footage of the Northern lights (particles from the Sun hitting the Earth) just as the Sun begins to rise. Flying over the Earth, looking down at the Sun’s affects in both the light and energy it provides, and how it bombards us with particles, makes us see how fragile the planet is. And maybe fills us with awe again.

You can see the ISS in the sky quite often. You just have to know when and where to look.

Just to and select your location. The next good chance from Las Cruces is Thursday August 20, 2015, at 9pm.

Just look up.