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I'm going to outer space!!

I'm totally serious. My name is going to go flying around the earth! Woot! I printed out a copy of the certificate and it’s pinned to my bulletin board at work. LOL!

NASA site so you can participate

Even better, I have another excuse to use this space shuttle icon! I'm so happy. :)

Anyway, here's more info on the program. Deadline to participate is November 1st.

Send your name around the Earth on NASA'S Glory mission

WASHINGTON – Members of the public can send their names around Earth on NASA's Glory satellite, the first mission dedicated to understanding the effects of particles in the atmosphere and the sun's variability on our climate.

The "Send Your Name Around the Earth" Web site enables everyone to take part in the science mission and place their names in orbit for years to come. The Web site, where participants can submit their information, is located at:


Participants will receive a printable certificate from NASA and have their name recorded on a microchip that will become part of the spacecraft. The deadline for submitting names is Nov. 1, 2008.

The Glory satellite will allow scientists to measure airborne particles more accurately from space than ever before. The particles, known as "aerosols," are tiny bits of material found in Earth's atmosphere, like dust and smog.

"Undoubtedly, greenhouse gases cause the biggest climatic effect," said Michael Mishchenko, the Glory project scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. "But the uncertainty in the aerosol effect is the biggest uncertainty in climate at the present."

Glory will carry two scientific instruments, the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, or APS, and the Total Irradiance Monitor, or TIM, and two cameras for cloud identification. The APS instrument will help quantify the role of aerosols as natural and human-produced agents of climate change more accurately than existing measurement tools. The TIM instrument will continue 30 years of measuring total solar irradiance, the amount of energy radiating from the sun to Earth, with improved accuracy and stability. Understanding the sun's energy is an important key to understanding climate change on Earth.

Glory is scheduled for launch in June 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Glory will orbit as part of the Afternoon Constellation, or "A-Train," a series of Earth-observing satellites. The A-Train spacecraft follow each other in close formation, crossing the equator a few minutes apart shortly after 1:30 p.m. local time each day. The A-Train orbits Earth once every 100 minutes.


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Oct. 8th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Me too! Me too!!!
I put my name on there too. So now both our names will be zooming around outerspace!
AND, if the info gets jacked by space aliens... (Note I added the word 'space' so that raven wouldn't be confused and think, well, why would there be foreigners in outerspace??") … space aliens who decide to come to earth and probe blowholes, they’ll be looking for us BOTH!!

Then, they’ll see our very cool, genius revealing tats, and they’ll know that we’re not to be of the ‘probing’ population, we’re obviously of the ‘learned and wise’ population and they’ll share with us the secrets of the universe.

Yep. That’s how it’ll happen. Thank God we have the tats!
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Monkeys is on it, too! Woot!! We'll have a whole convoy to outer space! We'll have to protect Monkeys from the aliens since he does not have the protection of the tats. We'll have to make sure they understand that he designed the tat, so he's one of us, too.
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

Protect him from which aliens? The ‘space’ aliens or the ‘foreigners’? Or wait, are we protecting him from the rock band? (Who, I've heard, can also be pretty vicious.)
Oct. 8th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
wait - three kinds of aliens? do we need two more tats? now I'm nervous...
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
awe man. thats kind of like the Richard Garriott's thing with the dna, except not quit as elaborate. kick ass.
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
OMG that is so cool! I just added mine and I am totally posting this to my journal. Thanks for letting us know. :)
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Cool!! Yay! Now there will be three people I know up there with me! Apparently NASA's been doing this kind of thing since 1996 - I'm going to have to pay more attention so that I can "ride along with" more of the missions.

That debate flow chart on your journal was hysterical, by the wayl I was reading some science blogs and apparently the astronomy community is very upset with them (McCain especially) over their comments on planetariums and creationism being taught in schools.
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