Friday, May 02, 2008

Send Yourself to the Moon

Or at least you can send your name there. Just go to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Page and give NASA your name. Not only will your name get to make a long trip, you'll get a nice certificate suitable for framing. It's free! And you have until June 27, 2008 to sign on. Your name is then scheduled to be launched October 31, 2008 aboard an Atlas V rocket.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is designed to go into a polar orbit of the moon. It's mission is set to last a minimum of one Earth year. An optional extended phase of the mission (up to five years) could provide a communications relay for other future ground lunar missions, such as a moon lander or rover.

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