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kstaron
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kstaron,
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8/27/2015 | 11:51:23 AM
Re: "We are not alone"
I think I'm going to have to get the family to sign up for this one. It's neat thinking a little data chip with my name is traveling to space and landing on another planet. Too cute, and a great way to get my kids on another space adventure learning kick. As for liquor stores, How about "Martian Moonshine"?
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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8/22/2015 | 11:22:06 AM
Re: I'm going to Mars
I will pass on my name travelling to mars. I think this is a good marketing campaign.  If they would have said that they would use my name as the new name of Mars cities. i wouldn't mind.  Such as Pedropolis or Mount Pedro. In that case, we will need more planets to conquer because everyone would want their own city name after themself.
mak63
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mak63,
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8/22/2015 | 3:00:22 AM
I'm going to Mars
I have my boarding pass! I take off on March 4, 2016, and not coming back.
According to the NASA site, 211396 people already signed up for the Insight Mission to Mars. In case someone wonders, the last day to register is September 8, 2015.
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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8/21/2015 | 9:44:09 PM
Re: "We are not alone"
@Gary, Lunar Liquors is a good one. How about Moonlight Liquors?
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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8/21/2015 | 9:42:57 PM
Re: Good to Go
$50-$100 is worth the risk of purchasing the chip, even if it rots away.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/21/2015 | 7:30:13 PM
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@David, I feel that it is a real chance to be involved. It is important because space endeavors have changed the world in many unexpected ways. For instance, solar voltaic technology gained a huge boost due to space based satellites. The impact of this has been realized up to a small extent at the moment but, in another 100 to 150 years as fossil fuels is exhausted the benefits of space research will become clearer.

As the involvement of the public increases it will help the budgetary concerns of NASA.    
Gary_EL
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8/21/2015 | 5:29:17 PM
Re: "We are not alone"
I signed up. But I'm really more interested in The Moon. I want to open up the first extraterrestrial liquor store. I plan on calling it "Lunar Liquors".
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/21/2015 | 1:48:14 PM
Re: "We are not alone"
@David,

So a tin can telephone wouldn't be an option? (how many miles of string would we need?)
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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8/21/2015 | 1:47:11 PM
Re: Good to Go
Hopefully i get bumped to first class on this flight now that i have my ticket.

I personally love these things.  I sign up not just for myself, but also for a few friends who are just as excited as me for these little ways to be involved in space exploration.

I love the idea of they should charge $5 for something like this.  Not only would people still sign up (if i had a nice, official looking boarding pass that was mailed to my house or to a friend as a gift, how cool would that be?!), but as you mentioned, could create a new source of funding, even if it is small increments at a time.

With all the current crowdfunding around space right now, maybe it's just me, or maybe others feel just as excited, it's so cool to feel personally connected, even if in a small way, to the new space age that is emerging.

 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/21/2015 | 1:32:14 PM
Re: Good to Go
@jastroff- Right, and its free! I almost wish NASA was charging like $5 for it as a way of offestting some budget cuts. But I'm glad they see the value of getting people excited without trying to charge them.I plan on signing up for all the remaining missions and I'm bummed i didn't sign up for the first so I'm missing a mission patch.
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