Be a part of space exploration
Starting with the launch of Cassini, The Planetary Society has created opportunities for people to participate in planetary missions by sending their names, messages, images, and wishes aboard spacecraft.
The next message:
We are not currently collecting names for any missions at this time, but there will be more opportunities in the future!
Our most recent Messages from Earth opportunity invited people worldwide to fly their names on a round-trip ride to the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission, the asteroid Bennu. This is one of many Messages from Earth that have been sent on missions throughout our solar system…
- From handwritten signatures scanned to a disc,
- on a microchip lithograph flying through a comet tail,
- etched on foil around the moon,
- engraved on mini-silica DVDs on Mars,
- even on a MAPex experimental chip,
- and many more...
This amazing combination of technology and the human spirit will chronicle humanity throughout the universe.
Messages from Earth is made possible by our collaboration with the space agencies around the world who make these amazing missions happen!
Visions of Mars is a message from our world to future human inhabitants of Mars, which arrived on the Red Planet on board the spacecraft Phoenix. Along with personal messages from leading space visionaries of our time, Visions of Mars includes a priceless collection of Mars literature, and art, and a list of hundreds of thousands of names of space enthusiasts from around the world.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and The Planetary Society invited people worldwide to submit their names for a round-trip ride to the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission, the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is a robotic mission, but our names can hitch a ride to the asteroid, spend 500 days there, and return in the Sample Return Capsule to Earth in 2023.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.