To Orbit, Then to Mars

If you’re like me, you’re probably never going to get into space, even though it’s something you’ve dreamed about your whole life. I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to settle for IMAX movies and amusement rides for your space experience.

But NASA is offering to send your face and name into earth orbit on one of the two final Space Shuttle missions.

If earth orbit isn’t ambitious enough for you, NASA is also offering to send your name to Mars, encoded on a microchip on a future lander.

Listen, I once felt a little thrill, during a long distance phone call, at the thought that my electronically-encoded voice might be bouncing off a communications satellite. If this the only way this space nut gets into space, it will do.

(Thanks to dealmac.)