Student Names Land on Mars

Student Names Land on Mars
Posted on 12/28/2018
The names of over 250 Gifford Middle School present and former students successfully landed on Mars today!

Approximately 132 eighth graders from the 2015-16 school year signed up to send their names to Mars aboard the Insight. Their names were etched onto a chip and glued to the side of the lander but, the mission was delayed. Missing the launch window meant NASA had to wait a little more than two years until Earth and Mars would be aligned properly for a launch. While they waited for the new launch date, NASA re-opened the window to send names aboard the Insight. Last fall, an additional 130 GMS students signed up to have their names sent to Mars. Their names were etched onto another chip that was glued to the Insight. The Insight was launched in May of 2018 and traveled over 300 million miles to its final destination. Today, the Insight successfully landed on Mars! Our students are now apart of space history!

Here is the first picture the Insight sent back. The dust cap is still on the lens.