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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Talk about name-dropping.
NASA is inviting members of the general public to submit their names so the agency can send them to an asteroid, according to a news release.
The space agency is expected to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft in Sept 2016. The spacecraft's goal: to rendezvous with a 1,760-foot-wide asteroid -- called Bennu -- and spend two years there. During that time, the probe is expected to collect surface samples from the asteroid, then return to earth.
But surface samples won't be the only cargo aboard OSIRIS-REx, according to the news release. NASA says the probe will carry a microchip etched with the names of any member of the public who wishes to submit them. The program is called "Messages to Bennu!"
Those wishing to participate in the program by submitting their name should do so by Sept. 30.