How to Go to Mars Without Astronaut Training

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Unless you're a smart AF astrophysics major, you've probably given up on fantasies of being an astronaut when you grow up (which we totally support - we encourage you to be a #GirlBoss in whichever career path you choose!). Regardless, wouldn't it be cool to travel to space and see what the surface of other planets is like?

NASA thought so too, which is why it's offering us the chance to virtually embark on the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) geophysical mission on the Red Planet. The InSight, a drill created to dig into Mars' surface, will allow scientists to learn more about Mars' deep interior and ('fingers crossed' emoji) better understand how Mars and our solar system's other planets were shaped more than four billion years ago.

So what mind-bending technology allows mere mortals like us to embark on a mission to Mars? A silicon microchip carries a list of participants' names, which you can join by signing up on NASA's InSight send-your-name page by September 8. The InSight will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in March 2016, and is expected to land - with your name onboard, if you sign up! - on September 28, 2016.

So far, close to 350,000 people have boarded the InSight in spirit, but we expect to see a lot more. In 2014, 1.38 million people signed up to be a part of the Orion mission to Mars.

Sounds cool, right? So, we'll just leave you with some fierce AF Katy Perry alien lewks...

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