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Put your name on the Planet Mars

Ross O. Storey | Oct. 26, 2010
NASA offers to shoot your name to the Red Planet, or put your picture on the space station, or use your favourite song to wake up astronauts - if you register.

NASA says original songs must have a space theme and be submitted to NASA by 4 pm. CST on 10 Jan 2011. The songs will be reviewed by agency officials and the top finalists put to a public vote. The top two songs will be used to wake space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 crew.

Endeavour's mission is the last scheduled space shuttle flight. It is targeted to launch on 26 Feb 2011.

The song contest campaign comes after NASA's ongoing "Face in Space" project, where it is inviting the public to send electronic images of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions.

You can submit your image by visiting:

Support our astronauts

Perhaps Im a bit obsessed about space exploration, but my hat goes off to NASA for coming up with such original ways for us mere humans to show our support for the worlds astronauts.

Im a baby boomer and watched live television of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the moon in July 1969 and, ever since, Ive been fascinated with the courage of our astronaut explorers.

I fear that younger people today dont share my fascination. Few would realise that the International Space Station is celebrating 10 years of having circled the planet in a long-standing experiment and on-going statement of hope that human kind can happily live together in peace.

NASA says that on 2 Nov 2000, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight Engineers Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko became the first residents of the space station. Since then, 200 explorers have visited the orbiting complex, 15 nations have contributed modules and hardware, and more than 600 experiments have been conducted aboard the station.

There are now six astronauts aboard the orbiting International Space Station.

Kazakhstan launch

On Saturday, 9 October 2010, after a two-day journey, three new Expedition 25 crew members - Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka arrived at the space station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft. They will stay for five and a half months and are due to land back in Kazakhstan in March 2011.

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin have been aboard the station since June 2010.

Happy 10th anniversary to those orbiting above us as you read this…

Ross O. Storey, currently the Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media Asia, is responsible for the editorial content and production of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines.       


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