In a couple of months, NASA will send a probe from the coast of Florida toward the Sun. After that you will make a series of flights over Venus, and starts to decrease its speed, and the spacecraft Solar Parker will approach 4 million miles of the Sun (6.4 million kilometers), which will be the object human, which closer has been a star in its entire history.
NASA is a government agency in the united States and, therefore, many -if not all – of their research and results are public. When they decide to send a probe to study another planet or object in space, seeking that the people know about it, because, obviously, their missions must be promoted for many reasons: to let people know that the universe is fantastic and there is a lot to learn, but in addition, because it is necessary for the budget to research is not reduced and that the public opinion can help.
For this reason, in march, NASA announced that the probe’s solar Parker would chip in where people could record their name to go symbolically to the Sun. Come on, even Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner, helped in the promotion of NASA.
The call to send names of people interested in that were originally recorded on a microchip for posterity, ended last week, and received over 1.1 million requests, according to a spokesman for the John Hopkins University, and what is with the Applied Physics Laboratory, which designed and built the probe that will go to the Sun. Beyond the promotion, which sought to NASA, perhaps representing a way of perpetuating the human desire to survive our body and time, to be remembered eventually, when we walk on this Earth. And although it sounds exaggerated, it is certainly a way to continue to be, or not?
In a questionnaire that they answered some of the people who sent their name, indicated that to send it was a way of space travel: “I Think that the main reason could be the knowledge which I may not have but that at least will be registered in some form with my name,” said Shaun Lawson, who lives in the United Kingdom.
For its part, Rydon Samaroo, of Coral Springs, Florida, felt the same: “I Wanted to participate because I was always fascinated with space exploration since I can remember,” said Samaroo. “I’ll never be an astronaut, but in a perhaps small, is able to contribute by pushing the final frontier”. he said.
Nicole Abuhakmeh, who lives in Pennsylvania, said that “he seemed like a great idea so that she and her husband continue to live as I do not have children.” Finally, others said things like this: “I Guess I am an average person who has not contributed in a lot in life. Send my name to the Sun will give me the false sense of having contributed to so great,” commented Ali Mudarris, who also lives in Pennsylvania. However, Ali said that “to be honest, I thought nothing of this until he asked me. I would like to feel that I did something great”.
The reasons vary but the common denominator is the desire to leave a footprint. People that ordered his name to be included in the probe Parker Probe had the same motivation as those who marked with his name, the trees at the side of the mountains, or like the prisoners in the Tower of London, that somehow they wanted to leave their mark by writing their last words on the stone walls. We will, to be justified in any way the teenager left in a temple in 3,500 years of existence in Egypt of the phrase “I was here” and that he had difficulties with the egyptian authorities since he was caught in this “vandalism”.
The need to record our existence has always existed. “Eventually everything will disappear and there will be no way of knowing of anything of what made the human being. And this is difficult to accept for people,” says Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters, who explores mechanisms of non-conventional for when people die. “You never really accept the idea that we will die. Maybe we accept it in an intellectual way but in the end, probably we’ll think less intellectually and more emotionally because in the end we are not very comfortable with our mortality, and perhaps even more, the majority are not happy with what he has done in their lives.”
It is worth remembering that in the 70s of the last century, made a collection of sounds and images of the Earth, which is placed in the probe Voyager, with the remote hope that eventually the aliens find the probe, and could see how was the life of the humans on Earth. This year, it sent a car to Tesla to space is labeled with the following phrase: “Made on Earth by humans.”
And as space exploration has become more everyday, and missions more frequent, now with the current technology can do much more, and there’s no need to send a disk in the ship. Just a microchip signed by millions of people as if they were witnesses of these wonderful advances, in addition to that the chips can send much more information than the physical disks.
On the other hand, it is known that the probe’s solar Parker will not be active forever. NASA has come to the conclusion that the mission will end in 2025 and that the ship will be circling the Sun for one more year. A pair of spacecraft launched in the 70s of the last century, was launched to study the Sun and ended their transmissions in 1985, but continued circling around the solar star. But eventually the gravity of the Sun, engulfing everything in a massive way, eliminating all evidence of human existence forever.