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NASA will send your name to Mars with InSight in 2018. Wikimedia.
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United States, October 27: Space has always been a sense of infinite wonder for us. It is something that is mystifying, yet incites our intellectual spirit of curiosity and sense of stimulation. Believe it or not, you can send your name to Mars!

  • While everyone desires to set foot on Mars, NASA has given out an opportunity to at least send your name to Mars.
  • As a part of a mission to Mars, NASA is accepting names from the public to be engraved on minute silicon microchip that’s being sent into space with their latest Mars lander, InSight.

You have until November 1, 2017, to send your name to Mars and submit for the Insight mission. Also note that if you miss out this date, don’t get disheartened for you may send your name to Mars for Exploration Mission-1’s November 2018 launch. You can get your boarding pass now and share with your friends!

In 2014, NASA had sent 1.38 million names on board with Orion’s first test flight.

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Send your name to Mars and Download your boarding pass.

There’s also an option to invite friends after you send your name to Mars and earn frequent flier points reflecting your personal participation in NASA’s Mars exploration. You can also check your status with your boarding pass number and find your number in the frequent flier list.

What is the purpose of Mission to Mars?

InSight, for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in May 2018 and land on Mars in Nov 2018. This is the first mission to mars dedicated to analyzing the deep interiors of Mars. It will help in finding the history of all rocky planets of the solar system, including Earth.

Mission to Mars Dates:

  • Spacecraft Launch: May 5, 2018
  • Spacecraft Landing: Nov. 26, 2018
  • Surface operations: 728 days / 708 sols
  • Last date send your name: Nov. 1, 2017
  • To send your name: https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/

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Hubble Returns To Normal Functioning Soon: NASA

After the engineering tests have been completed, Hubble is expected to soon return to normal science operations, NASA stated

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Hubble's backup gyro, which had been off for more than 7.5 years, was incorrectly returning extremely high rotation rates. Flcikr

NASA has brought Hubble Space Telescope’s seven-year old backup gyroscope (gyro) back to life, after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyro earlier this month, the US space agency said on Tuesday.

A gyro is a device that measures the speed at which the spacecraft is turning and is needed to help Hubble turn and lock on to new targets.

Hubble’s backup gyro, which had been off for more than 7.5 years, was incorrectly returning extremely high rotation rates, NASA said in a statement.

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The Hubble Telescope hovering in space. Wikimedia Commons

This gyro was turned on after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyro on October 5.

Additional tests will be performed to ensure Hubble can return to science operations with this gyro, NASA said.

To correct high rotation rates, the Hubble team executed a running restart of the gyro on October 16.

This procedure turned the gyro off for one second, and then restarted it before the wheel spun down.

However, the data showed no improvement in the gyro’s performance.

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This gyro was turned on after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyro on October 5. Flickr

The team, then on October 18, commanded a series of spacecraft maneuvers, or turns, in opposite directions to attempt to clear any blockage that may have caused the float to be off-centre and produce the exceedingly high rates.

During each maneuver, the gyro was switched from high mode to low mode to dislodge any blockage that may have accumulated around the float.

They noticed a significant reduction in the high rates, allowing rates to be measured in low mode for brief periods of time.

On October 19, the team again commanded Hubble to perform additional maneuvers and gyro mode switches, which appear to have cleared the issue.

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The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth. VOA

The rotation rates produced by the backup gyro have since reduced and are now within an expected range, NASA noted.

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The team plans to execute a series of tests to evaluate the performance of the gyro under conditions similar to those encountered during routine science observations, including moving to targets, locking on to a target, and performing precision pointing.

After these engineering tests have been completed, Hubble is expected to soon return to normal science operations, NASA stated. (IANS)