June 24, 2008

1 Million Names to Go to the Moon

The U.S. space agency issued a reminder Monday that the deadline for submitting names to be taken to the moon is approaching.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said more than 1 million names have been submitted to be on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched this year.

Since May 1, NASA has invited the public to join the excitement of the first mission in its exploration program to return humans to the moon by 2020.

The LRO will map the lunar surface in extraordinary detail and help future human missions to the moon locate safe landing sites and vital resources on the moon, NASA said in a statement.

People can go to http://lro.jhuapl.edu/NameToMoon/, print a certificate and have their name entered into a database. The database will be placed on a microchip that will be integrated onto the spacecraft.

The deadline for submitting names is Friday.