Artist Concept of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Image: NASA

Artist Concept of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Image: NASA

Web engineer Kirk Goodall SM ′87 and his colleagues at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently unveiled a new service that allows you to add your name to a list that will be included in the next shuttle to Mars.

The site hosting the service also features particpation maps for the United States and the world so you can see which states and countries are contributing the most names. So far California, Texas, and Florida are leading among states; the U.S., Brazil, and Canada are leading among countries.

And if you need something to smile about before the rover reaches Mars (ETA 2011), take a look at the image below, courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Sending the Martians Mixed Messages

Sending the Martians Mixed Messages. Image: Buzzfeed