As part of the Messages from Earth campaign, The Planetary Society and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will to send names and messages to Asteroid 1999 JU3 and return to Earth on Hayabusa2.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 in 2014. Hayabusa2 will arrive at an asteroid in 2018 to investigate it for one and half years, before returning to Earth in 2020.
How will the names or names and messages be delivered?
Participants could select either option below, or both! If you were a Member of The Planetary Society prior to the names collection closing date of August 9, 2013 you are automatically included in both categories below.
I. Your name will be recorded on the target marker that lands on Asteroid 1999 JU3 where it will remain.
II. Your names AND messages will be recorded in the memory chips that will be loaded onto the Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule returning to Earth in 2020.
You can still download your certificate of participation here: