The Going to Mars With MAVEN Campaign

Status Report From: NASA Education Office
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013

image The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, also known as MAVEN, is set to launch to the Red Planet in November 2013. And your name and personal message could hitch a ride to Mars!

Names that are submitted to the Going to Mars With MAVEN website will be placed on a DVD that will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the Going to Mars campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement with the MAVEN mission.

The MAVEN spacecraft will also carry personal messages from three contest winners. The Message to Mars contest is looking for personal messages in the form of haiku poems to send to the Red Planet. The public will vote to select the top three entries. Entries must be written in English. Winning haikus will be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.

Names and entries for the Message to Mars contest are due July 1, 2013.

For more information and to submit your name and message, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

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