Posted on November 27, 2018
My name just landed successfully on Mars’ Elysium Planitia region,
close to the Hecates Tholus volcano, named after the goddess Hecate.
An electron beam etched letters 1/1000 the width of a human hair onto 8 mm (0.3 in) silicon wafers.
The microchip is affixed to NASA’s InSight robotic lander with a special glue.
The mission‘s goal is to listen to the Red Planet’s deep interior, bowels and heart, with microseismometers able to detect the faintest “Marsquakes”. Tested in one of the quietest places in Europe, in the depths of a mine under the Black Forest Mountains, they were able to pick signals from the sea hundreds of miles away. InSight, an extreme zero gravity environment, will be one of the quietest objects in our Solar System. Experiments to determine the size of Mars’ core, its liquid or solid quality, and how fast heat rises from its interior, will also take place.
Other NASA missions to which I participate(d):
ARTWORK SENT INTO SPACE
OSIRIS-REx, asteroid study and sample-return mission (microchip)
This process is part of the STELLIFEROUS body of work.
Update December 8, 2018: Sound of Martian winds
Credits: NASA (Mars, sunset on Mars, landing site) & William Blake