Destination Mars


Gloria and I have our places booked upon the Mars 2020 space craft, due to be launched in July next year. Here is my boarding pass.

Tim BoardingPass_MyNameOnMars2020 EDIT

NASA are launching this new mission to Mars and have invited the public to submit their names to be sent on the Mars 2020 Rover.

The Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, will use an electron beam to stencil the submitted names onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers). At that size, more than a million names can be written on a single dime-size chip. The chip (or chips) will ride on the rover under a glass cover.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-public-to-submit-names-to-fly-aboard-next-mars-rover

Souvenir boarding passes can be downloaded by everyone who registers.

I’m now considering how to make the best use of my frequent flyer points.

8 thoughts on “Destination Mars

  1. Our only trips away from home tend to be to visit parents who live about 4 hours away.
    Mine live 4 hours to the east, Gloria’s 4 hours to the west.

    While I can appreciate the thrill of visiting places of historical significance – especially those associated with biblical history, I’ve never been able to justify it all to myself; as much as I find it appealing.

    I’ve come to terms with the reality of waiting until the return of Jesus to visit those places.

  2. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to not only travel to foreign countries, but to live overseas for almost eight years (two different European countries). I have also visited Israel, and once spent five weeks in a North African country, and three months in another country with a fascinating and turbulent history. There were numerous other short trips to Europe as well during my career. Traveling around the world and living in foreign lands was something I dreamed about as a child, but never imagined I would do one day.

    I believe that Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia is the most significant archeological site in the world. It is probably where Rabbi Saul went after his Damascus Road encounter with the living, resurrected Christ. So I would consider this to be the highlight of all my travels if I could afford to do it. Absolutey, without doubt. I would do it just to see the split rock, although there is much more to see.

  3. I moved to Australia from England when I was 13 – now 48 years ago.
    I always thought I was the only one in my family to be homesick – but it was never something spoken about so it’s possible others felt the same way.

    My parents and sister both went back twice to visit family, and despite once making enquiries about the possibility of moving back to England to stay I’m the only one who has never gone back.

    We travelled here by ship (oh – the good old days) and stopped over in the Canary Islands and South Africa before arriving in Australia.
    That is the extent of my “overseas” travel.

    Now, while I would love to visit various places, I don’t like the idea of travelling to them or the logistics of all of the organisation required, and should I mention the cost?

  4. I agree with you about the logistics of traveling, and the cost. For my part, I no longer find air travel fun, for example; I once did. Now I see it as an inconvenience. Airplanes are more cramped (I really feel sorry for very tall individuals, seeing them “scrunch” up and trying to get comfortable). The “good old days” of traveling by air meant one could go right up to the gate with loved ones to see them board and take off, or meet them at the gate on arrival, with all the anticipation and excitement of seeing them walking off the plane. Family/friends seeing off loved ones, grandparents meeting grandchildren, for example. Children used to be able to look out the window at the airplanes and watch them take off or land.

    Have you ever written about your experience of moving to Australia and traveling by ship? In all my travels I never went anywhere by ship.

  5. My only passenger plane journeys were in my late teens, when it was all very exciting – between Sydney and Perth (and return). I later flew a few times in light aircraft with an old pilot who had flown for the Luftwaffe in WWII. He always assured his passengers they were safe with him because Jesus was his co-pilot.
    These days I don’t even like long car trips. Maybe that’s a result of living in a small town that’s a two hour drive from anywhere else of significance. (Another reason that makes plane travel unappealing, having a two hour drive to get to the nearest airport).

    I know what you mean about those good old days of travel, regarding access at airports. I recall times when my parents took our family to Sydney airport, just to watch planes take off and land. These day’s that wouldn’t be possible – partly because of the cost of parking at airports, but also there doesn’t seem to be the same kind of access to viewing decks.

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