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By Anne Laurent May 2, 2008

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You can go to the Moon with NASA late this year. Well, sorta, at least your name can go.

NASA is offering to add anyone’s name to a database, which will then ride on a microchip inside the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Just go to the designated Web site to sign up and print out a certificate saying you’ll be on board.

The orbiter will create an atlas of Moon features and resources, a first step in creating a U.S. base there to assemble spacecraft to take humans to Mars. LRO will carry six instruments and a technology demonstration project. It’s supposed to send back the most complete dataset ever compiled about our satellite planet, including best landing sites for America’s return now slated for 2020.

The deadline for getting your name on the lunar list is June 27.

You can watch NASA-produced videos about sending your name to the moon here.

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