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Time is running out if you want to go to Mars. 

No, Rekall isn't having a "Secret Agent Special" (those tend not to work out too well. Just ask Arnold), and you can't physically head to Mars (at least not with NASA), but you can submit your name to be placed on a microchip that will be launched on the InSight lander next year. 

"What does this mean? I can't actually go to Mars?" 

No, but your name can. You can symbolically head to Mars. 

In 2015, NASA invited people from around the world to add their names to a silicon chip that will be affixed to the InSight Mars lander. With more than 800,000 individuals already signed up, NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving members of the public another chance to put their names on Mars. 

But you have to be quick. The deadline to add your name to the chip is November 1, 2017. 

InSight is scheduled to launch in May 2018 and arrive at the red planet six months later. The mission, whose name is short for "Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport," will study the planet's deep interior to gain a better understanding of the processes that helped shaped rocky planets like Mars and Earth. 

The lander will use a seismometer to detect "Marsquakes" (earthquakes on Mars) and meteor strikes, using the seismic energy of these phenomena to study material far below the Martian surface for the first time, according to the statement.

So you submit your name to be etched onto a microchip, like this one: 

NASA/JPL-Caltech

After that, you ear "frequent flier" points, which reflect your participation in NASA exploration missions. You can even download a boarding pass with information about each mission to flies with your name on it!

You can learn more and sign your name up HERE. 

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