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MAVEN (NASA)

LINK: My MAVEN launch blog

An ultraviolet image of Mars that was taken by NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft on July 9-10, 2016
NASA / MAVEN / University of Colorado

Launch: November 18, 2013

Destination: Mars - Areocentric orbit

Arrival: September 21, 2014

Number of names on DVD: 100,000 (plus artwork and mission-related Japanese haiku submitted via the Internet)


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My certificate for the MAVEN missionNASA's MAVEN spacecraft undergoes testing at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Littleton, ColoradoAttached to one of MAVEN's twin solar arrays is a DVD bearing the names of 100,000 people, as well as artwork and Japanese haiku that were submitted online in early 2013At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the MAVEN spacecraft is about to be encapsulated within its Atlas 5 payload fairing...on November 2, 2013An Atlas 5 rocket carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on November 18, 2013



HAYABUSA2 (JAXA)

LINK: My Hayabusa2 launch blog

An image overlay showing one of Hayabusa2's target markers slowly falling towards the surface of asteroid Ryugu on September 16, 2019. Four of five markers that launched with Hayabusa2 in late 2014 were released onto Ryugu's surface during Hayabusa2's 16-month stay at the asteroid.
JAXA, Chiba Institute of Technology and collaborators

Launch: December 4, 2014 - Japan Standard Time (JST)

Destinations: Asteroid Ryugu / Earth for sample return / Asteroid (98943) 2001 CC21

Ryugu Arrival: June 27, 2018 - JST

Ryugu Departure: November 13, 2019 - JST

Return to Earth & End of mission (for Sample Return Capsule): December 6, 2020 - JST

Asteroid (98943) 2001 CC21 Flyby: July 2026

Number of names inside each target marker (5 total): Around 180,000


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My certificate for the Hayabusa2 missionJAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is unveiled during a special event at the Samagihara spacecraft assembly facility in Japan, on August 31, 2014A strip of film, containing around 180,000 names submitted through the Internet in 2013, that is one of five placed inside target markers to be used by Hayabusa2 at asteroid RyuguAn H-2A rocket carrying JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft launches from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on December 4, 2014 (Japan Standard Time)A screenshot from an onboard camera showing the H-2A rocket's payload fairings separating from around JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft, on December 4, 2014 (Japan Standard Time)



ORION - EXPLORATION FLIGHT TEST 1 (NASA)

LINK: My Orion EFT-1 launch blog

Engineers work on the Orion spacecraft inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on May 30, 2014
NASA / Daniel Casper

Launch: December 5, 2014 (7:05 AM, EST)

Destination: High geocentric orbit

Arrival: Peak altitude of 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) - December 5, 2014 (10:10 AM, EST)

Splashdown & End of mission: December 5, 2014 (11:29 AM, EST)

Number of names on microchip: 1.4 million

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My 'boarding pass' for the Orion EFT-1 missionA microchip bearing the names of 1.4 million people that flew aboard the Orion spacecraft on EFT-1A Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on December 5, 2014Earth as seen from a camera aboard the Orion spacecraft during the EFT-1 mission, on December 5, 2014With its three main parachutes deployed, the Orion spacecraft is about to splash down into the Pacific Ocean to conclude the EFT-1 mission, on December 5, 2014



OSIRIS-REx (NASA)

LINK: My OSIRIS-REx launch blog

Asteroid Bennu as seen by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from 15 miles (24 km) away...on December 2, 2018
NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona

Launch: September 8, 2016

Destinations: Asteroid Bennu / Earth for sample return in 2023

Bennu Arrival: December 3, 2018

Bennu Orbit Insertion: December 31, 2018

Bennu Departure: May 10, 2021

Number of names on two microchips: 440,000 on each chip (One chip is on the sample return capsule and the other is on the main spacecraft)

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My certificate for the OSIRIS-REx missionA microchip bearing the names of 440,000 people is attached to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraftAn Atlas 5 rocket carrying the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on September 8, 2016The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft floats away from its Centaur upper stage an hour after launch, on September 8, 2016



ARASE (JAXA)

LINK: My Arase launch blog

An artist's concept of Japan's ARASE spacecraft in orbit around the Earth
JAXA

Launch: December 20, 2016 - JST

Destination: High geocentric orbit

Arrival: Shortly after launch

Number of names and messages on aluminum plates: ?


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My 'passport' for the Arase missionAn illustration showing the location of two aluminum message plates on the Arase spacecraftThe Arase spacecraft completes a primary interlocking test on June 18, 2015An Epsilon-2 rocket carrying the Arase spacecraft launches from Uchinoura Space Center in Japan, on December 20, 2016



TESS (NASA)

LINK: My TESS launch blog

A 'first light' science image showing a sea of stars and the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, as viewed by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on August 7, 2018
NASA / MIT / TESS

Launch: April 18, 2018

Destination: Highly-elliptical Earth orbit

Arrival: Mid-June 2018

Number of exoplanet illustrations on memory card: Around 1,300


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The 11 exoplanet artwork that I submitted online in 2017 to fly aboard NASA's TESS spacecraftEngineers work on NASA's TESS spacecraft at the Orbital ATK facility in Dulles, VirginiaA memory card carrying the exoplanet illustrations of around 1,300 people (including Yours Truly) prior to being attached to NASA's TESS spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center in FloridaA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's TESS spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on April 18, 2018A screenshot from an onboard camera shows NASA's TESS spacecraft floating away from the Falcon 9 second stage motor after separation, on April 18, 2018



InSIGHT (NASA)

LINK: My InSight launch blog

One of InSight's twin solar panels and its flight deck are visible in this image taken by a camera on the spacecraft's robotic arm...on December 7, 2018
NASA / JPL - Caltech

Launch: May 5, 2018

Destination: Mars - Elysium Planitia region

Arrival & landing: November 26, 2018

Number of names on microchips: 2.4 million


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My 'boarding pass' for NASA's InSight Mars missionThe InSight Mars lander's twin solar arrays are deployed during testing at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver, ColoradoThe Atlas 5 rocket carrying NASA's InSight Mars lander lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...on May 5, 2018A screenshot from an onboard camera shows NASA's InSight Mars lander floating away from the Atlas 5's Centaur second stage motor after separation, on May 5, 2018The two microchips carrying the names of 2.4 million space enthusiasts...on the deck of NASA's InSight Mars lander



PARKER SOLAR PROBE (NASA)

LINK: My Parker Solar Probe launch blog

An image of a coronal streamer being ejected from our Sun...as seen by NASA's Parker Solar Probe on November 8, 2018 (Mercury is the bright circular object below the streamer)
NASA / Naval Research Laboratory / Parker Solar Probe

Launch: August 12, 2018 (3:31 AM, EDT)

Destination: Heliocentric orbit - Sun's corona

First of 24 solar encounters (at perihelion): November 5, 2018 (10:28 PM, EST)

Number of names on memory card: 1,137,202


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My certificate for NASA's Parker Solar Probe missionA plaque carrying a memory card that bears the names of 1.1 million space enthusiasts is attached to NASA's Parker Solar Probe...on May 18, 2018NASA's Parker Solar Probe after its heat shield was installed at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida...on June 27, 2018NASA's Parker Solar Probe is about to be encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Delta IV Heavy rocket...on July 16, 2018A Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...on August 12, 2018



BEPICOLOMBO (ESA / JAXA)

LINK: My BepiColombo launch blog

An artist's concept of Japan's MIO satellite (smaller spacecraft at right) separating from Europe's Mercury Planetary Orbiter in space
Astrium

Launch: October 19, 2018 - Pacific Daylight Time

Destination: En route to Mercury

Arrival: December 2025

Number of names and messages on MIO's memory card: 6,494


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Information that confirms the submission of my name and message for Japan's MIO mission to MercuryA red circle denotes the location of a memory card carrying the names and messages of 6,494 people on Japan's MIO satelliteJapan's MIO satellite is about to be mated to Europe's Mercury Planetary Orbiter as both spacecraft undergo launch preparations at Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French GuianaAn image of Japan's MIO satellite inside the sunshield of Europe's Mercury Planetary Orbiter at Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French GuianaA European Ariane 5 rocket carrying the Mercury-bound BepiColombo spacecraft launches from Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana...on October 19, 2018 (Pacific Time)



LIGHTSAIL 2 (The Planetary Society)

LINK: My LightSail 2 launch blog

An image that was taken of LightSail 2's solar sail after it was successfully deployed on July 23, 2019
The Planetary Society

Launch: June 25, 2019 - EDT

Destination: Low-Earth Orbit

Deployment from Prox-1 carrier vehicle: July 2, 2019

Solar sail deployment: July 23, 2019

Number of names of Kickstarter backers on mini-DVD: Around 23,300


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My certificate for the LightSail 2 missionAn image of the mini-DVD bearing the names of around 23,300 Kickstarter backers on the LightSail 2 spacecraftLightSail 2's solar sail is fully deployed during a ground test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in CaliforniaA SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying LightSail 2 and twenty-three other satellites (on mission STP-2) launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on June 25, 2019An image of the Earth that was taken by LightSail 2 on July 6, 2019



MARS 2020 (NASA)

LINK: My Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter launch blog

Video screenshots from two onboard cameras showing NASA's Perseverance rover being lowered onto the Martian surface by its rocket-powered descent stage...on February 18, 2021
NASA / JPL - Caltech

Launch: July 30, 2020

Destination: Mars - Jezero Crater - Syrtis Major quadrangle

Arrival & landing: February 18, 2021

First flight of Ingenuity: April 19, 2021

Number of names on microchips: 10.9 million


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My certificate for the Mars 2020 missionA close-up of the three microchips carrying the names of 10.9 million space enthusiasts who submitted them for the Mars 2020 missionThe Perseverance Mars rover, with the Ingenuity Mars helicopter attached to its belly, undergoes processing for launchAn Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Mars 2020 spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 30, 2020As seen by the Perseverance rover on April 22, 2021, the Ingenuity helicopter hovers during its second flight on Mars


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