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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 of asteroid Ryugu that was taken by JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on June 26, 2018 (Japan Time)
JAXA, University of Tokyo and collaborators

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

Destination: Asteroid Ryugu

Arrival: June 27, 2018 - JST

Number of names on memory chips: ?


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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, 2014An 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

An artist's concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft taking dust and soil samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu
Lockheed Martin

Launch: September 8, 2016

Destination: En route to Asteroid Bennu

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 test image showing 200,000 stars in the southern constellation Centaurus, as seen by one of the four science cameras aboard NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in May of 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

Destination: Heliocentric orbit - Sun's corona

Arrival: First solar flyby in November 2018

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


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