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 On December 3, 1999 the Mars Polar Lander will enter the Martian atmosphere encased in a protective shell and travelling at hypersonic speed. Its parachute will open and it will rendezvous with the planet's surface at a predetermined spot within 500 miles of the Martian south pole.

 NASA invites you to be a part of this historic event. This website's goal is to collect 1 million names of school children from around the world, and combine these names on a CD-ROM that is going to be included in the payload of the Mars Polar Lander.

Amazing! You become part of history and at the same time a little bit of yourself becomes part of Mars!


OK, what do I do?

So how do you become part of history? Follow these simple directions! First, fill out the following form and your name will be recorded for the CD-ROM. You can then print your certificate from the "success" page. 

Responsible NASA Official: John Lee
Authors: George Varros and James Chi
Date: February 27,1998