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Congratulations, yours truly goes to Mars

Well I am one of the lucky ones whose names will be sent to Mars as permanent emblem to humanity on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. If you can’t be there physically, be there virtually. Something of yours truly will live forever on Mars!

McAkins on Mars

And of course, the Certification of Authenticity!

McAkins on Mars - certificate_left

That is a genuine Certificate number, right there for you.

[Update: 2012-08-05]
NASA did the impossible today! They landed the most complex, the most heavy probe on Mars. Today, we have a touchdown of MSL, or Curiosity if you will on Mars, in what has been called a textbook EDL. With such a gigantic odd, a million things that could go wrong and 500,000 lines of code, the impossible became possible today. This is the stuffs movies are made of really. Like the EDL team said, “humanity has raised the bar today of Space Exploration” we can only be better off for it.
For me, I am just thoroughly humbled by the fact that my name will be emblazoned for life on Mars. With a Chip carrying my name on MSL sitting there for ever. When I think about it, when our grandchildren reach Mars one day, they’ll setup an emblem with our names on it as permanent testimony to humanity’s curiosity and exploration drive.

Go Team NASA. Go Curiosity! May your sojourn on Mars bring us more answers to our insatiable Quests.

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