View Full Version : Discussion: Write Your Name on an Asteroid?

2003-Jul-20, 08:26 AM
SUMMARY: A Japanese spacecraft will give people an opportunity to land their name on an asteroid. Due for launch near the end of this year, the MUSES-C spacecraft will meet up with asteroid 1998 SF36 when it crosses the Earth's orbit in 2005. It will land on the asteroid, collect samples which it will later return to Earth. As part of its mission, the spacecraft will deposit an aluminium foil sheet containing the names of hundreds of thousands of space enthusiasts. If you want to get your name on board, you have until July 5th.

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2003-Jul-21, 01:57 AM
This isn't like writing your name in the snow is it?

Kevin Milburn
2003-Jul-23, 07:13 PM
I don't think it's like writing your name on snow, I think it's more like writing your name on garbage and then tossing it away.

I'ts one thing to have your name on a space craft but to have it droppped on some astroid like cosmic garbage really doesn't do justice to the mission in my eyes. But then that's just my opinion. Makes me wonder how some of these missions get off the ground though.

2003-Jul-24, 01:50 AM
Kevin, I'm reminded of what one journalist recalled on a programme about the Apollo missions... he said he was driving home during (or just after) one of the missions and he saw a dog uriinating on a lampost, marking its terriotory. And he said, "that's what we did - we went to the Moon and we p****d on it"

I have to say, I didn't agree with him at the time but now I'm beginning to wonder...