1,38,899 Indians book ticket to Mars

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Around 1,38,899 people from India have booked a flight to Mars. The same is being done through NASA's InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission which is slated for launch on May 5, 2018.

1,38,899 Indians book ticket to Mars

NASA said that those who had submitted their names have been provided with an online boarding pass.
The names are being etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This chip will then be attached to the top hull of the lander, Times of India reported.

NASA received a total of 2,429,807 names from across the world. The list is being led by the United States with 6,76,773 names followed by China with 2,62,752 names. India stands at number three.

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