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Deadline Monday to put your name on Mars

This artist's concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars. NASA's Mars 2020 rover will carry a number of technologies that could make Mars safer and easier to explore for humans.
Posted at 7:11 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 07:34:57-04

Final boarding call for Mars!

NASA is giving you a chance to put your name on the red planet, but there's not much time left.

The deadline to sign up is Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

When you sign up on NASA's webpage, your name will be stenciled on a chip using an electron beam. That chip will then be put on the Mars 2020 rover.

Plus, you'll be able to download a souvenir boarding pass.

More 10 million names have been submitted.

The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's exploration of the planet.

Scientists are hoping the rover will help them answer questions about potential for life on Mars.

It takes off next July.