How would you like to have your name sent to the Sun?

NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) are preparing the Parker Solar Probe for an amazing journey to our star.

(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Parker Solar probe, scheduled for launch this summer between July 31st and August 19th, will be sent to within six and a half million kilometers of the sun’s surface.

Mission officials say the probe will face heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it.

According to NASA and the JHUAPL, the Parker Solar Probe will be in a unique position to gather solar activity data that will enhance a scientist’s ability provide more accurate and timely forecasts of major space-weather events.

The US space agency is inviting people from around the world to have their names etched on a microchip aboard the spacecraft at no cost.

NASA will accept name submissions until April 27, 2018.

To learn more about this and add your name to the spacecraft microchip simply visit

NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission will launch in summer 2018 to travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the solar surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and you can send your name along for the ride. To commemorate humanity’s first visit to the star we live with, NASA invites the public to submit their names to be included on a microchip headed to the Sun aboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)