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May 20, 2019
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Names of almost 1,000 Cypriots included in microchips traveling to Mars 

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Names of 983 Cypriots are included in the microchips that are on their way to Mars aboard the NASA InSight mission.

The InSight Mars lander took off in May and will reach the red planet in November, after a six months’ trip.

Last year, NASA invited members of the public to send their names to Mars inside the mission. The public responded and a total of 2.4 million people from all over the world signed up to have their names etched on two microchips that are carried on NASA`s InSight mission, including names of Cypriot nationals, CNA has learned.

According to NASA, InSight is the first Mars mission dedicated to study the deep interior of Mars. Its findings will advance understanding of the early history of all rocky planets, including Earth.

InSight will reach the red planet in 109 days.

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