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Captain Kirk books his name on trip to the Sun

By T.K. Randall
March 7, 2018 · Comment icon 11 comments



The probe will launch in July. Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
William Shatner is one of thousands of people whose names will soon be sent to the Sun on a memory card.
The names will be carried aboard NASA's $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe which this year will embark on a groundbreaking new mission that will take it closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it.

Its name is a tribute to American solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker who originally predicted the existence of the solar wind, something that at the time was considered 'crazy' by his peers.

One of the things that the spacecraft will be investigating is the fact that, counter-intuitively, the temperature is actually much, much hotter in the Sun's atmosphere than on its surface.

Prior to the launch of the mission, NASA is offering the general public an opportunity to have their names sent up with the probe on a memory card by registering on its 'hot ticket' website.
Shatner, who famously played Captain Kirk in Star Trek, has been involved in promoting the project.

"The first-ever spacecraft to the Sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, will launch this year on a course to orbit through the heat of our star's corona, where temperatures are greater than 1 million degrees," he said in a recent video about the mission.

"The spacecraft will also carry my name to the Sun, and your name, and the names of everyone who wants to join this voyage of extreme exploration."

Those interested in having their name included can register - here.

Source: Space.com | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by LV-426 5 years ago
I was impressed when I got my name on an album sleeve. Have to say, you have me beat there
Comment icon #3 Posted by Almighty Evan 5 years ago
It's free to send your name through April 27, and FYI, I have done both. Actually discovered my name on the album sleeve, as my friend didn't tell me when he gave it to me. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by LV-426 5 years ago
Thanks for the info. I'll take a look at that
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff 5 years ago
I'm gonna fill it in to send Kanye West. Wait... what? It's just the name? OK, scratch that. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA have done this before. The MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars contains a DVD with names... there are a quarter of a million of them. I've got a bit addicted to doing this. As well as the Parker Solar Probe, my name is currently on board the the Glory spacecraft orbiting Earth, LRO orbiting the moon, the Curiosity rover on Mars, the MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars, Akatsuki orbiting Venus, Hayabusa2 on it's way to the asteroid Ryugu, OSIRIS-REx on it's way to the asteroid Bennu, New Horizons, which has past Pluto. Later this year it will return to Mars on boa... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
It seems I'm far from alone in this addiction. The chip on Mars InSight will carry 1.6 million names.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 5 years ago
Thanks Waspie, my son can take his certificate to his science class tomorrow!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
I can't take credit for this thread, it was the doing of the mighty UM-Bot.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
More Than 1.1 Million Names Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe  
Comment icon #11 Posted by bmk1245 5 years ago
Way to go NASA! Kudos!


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