NASA Invites Public To Take Part in Solar Mission

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard the agency's Parker Solar Probe mission.

The mission, which launches this summer, will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions.

NASA is giving you a chance to let your name go along for the ride.

The spacecraft is historic, since it is designed to journey to a region humanity has never explored before. 

Scientists say they hope it will start answering questions they've been asking for six decades.

Space scientists say understanding the Sun has always been a top priority for space scientists; it's not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, it supports exploration in the solar system and beyond.

The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from the star's surface, according to NASA. 

Scientists say the primary science goals for the mission are to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. 

To perform these investigations, NASA says the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun’s heat by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The heat shield specifications say that will maintain a "room-temperature" environment for the four instrument suites designed to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and to image the solar wind.

The spacecraft speed will reportedly be so fast that, at its closest approach to the sun, it will be going at approximately 430,000 mph. 

That's fast enough to get from Washington, D.C., to Tokyo in under a minute.

Submissions to get your name on the probe's micro-chip will be accepted until April 27. 

Learn more and add your name to the mission by going to http://go.nasa.gov/HotTicket .

It could be your moment in the sun.

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