Kansas Schoolgirl “Ma” Leads Obama in Signing on NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover!
NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover has been launched for hunting life on red planet “Mars” – this Saturday. Interestingly enough, only a few know about the fact that this machine for exploring life on Mars surface has been adorned with the signatures of the U.S. President Barack Obama, along with some other worthies including NASA officials and the schoolgirl “Clara Ma” who named this very important nuclear-powered robot vehicle as “Curiosity Mars Rover”. All the signatures are inscribed on the chassis of the rover; only Ma is the person who personally did her signature on the body of the Curiosity rover.
NASA’s Curiosity project chief Peter Thesinger told Collectspace.com telling a variety of signatures inscribed on Curiosity.
“It turns out getting the president’s signature on anything is rather involved,”
The Register notes;
It turns out that there are rather a lot of these: no less than one-and-a-quarter-million all up, though almost all of these are microscopically small. They are the names of members of the public submitted online and during visits to NASA facilities, and were written onto silicon wafers in extremely tiny script using an electron beam.
It appears that the inclusion of such plates signed by the U.S. presidents is a long-standing NASA tradition, just like a fine selection of Richard Nixon autographs those were left on the Moon by the Apollo program.
Kansas Schoolgirl Clara Ma is the luckiest person on our planet Earth who personally signed her signatures on the body of Curiosity. Ma got this diamond opportunity for winning the competition held for naming rover. She was accordingly invited to the fabrication complex in California to add her description in 2009.
Ma excitedly told Collectspace.com;
“Knowing that my name will be on another planet is pretty amazing,”
We congratulate Ma once again on winning the competition and naming Mars rover as “Curiosity”-really a great name, but we also congratulate her as she has lead even the U.S. President Obama in personally signing on the rover.