The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to visit the sun and has invited people around the world to join the new Parker Solar Probe mission by submitting their names.
In a statement on Friday, that was released online, NASA revealed that a microchip that stores all the names collected before April 27 would be installed on the mission, “and your name will go along for the ride’’.
The mission would be launched this summer for a trip to the sun’s atmosphere about 6.4 million km from the surface to study how the star affects space and other planets.
Scientists expect the mission could help study the sun’s magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind at room temperature.
Project Scientist Nicola Fox said: “This incredible spacecraft is going to reveal so much about our star and how it works that we’ve not been able to understand.’’