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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

Hayabusa2's shadow is visible on the surface of Ryugu after a target marker (the white point inside the green circle) containing the names of 180,000 people successfully landed on the asteroid...on October 25, 2018 (Japan Time)
JAXA

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

Destinations: Asteroid Ryugu / Earth for sample return

Ryugu Arrival: June 27, 2018 - JST

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 126 miles (203 km) away...on November 1, 2018
NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona

Launch: September 8, 2016

Destinations: En route to Asteroid Bennu / Earth for sample return

Arrival: 2018

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

An artist's concept of NASA's InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat) Mars lander on the surface of the Red Planet
NASA

Launch: May 5, 2018

Destination: En route to 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 two microchips carrying the names of 2.4 million space enthusiasts...on the deck of NASA's InSight Mars landerThe 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, 2018



PARKER SOLAR PROBE (NASA)

LINK: My Parker Solar Probe launch blog

An artist's concept of NASA's Parker Solar Probe orbiting our Sun
NASA / Johns Hopkins APL / Steve Gribben

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)


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