Halloween is the deadline to send your name into space

An Orion spacecraft is shown in this rendering from NASA. Credit: NASA

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(CNN) — Maybe you chickened out on the one-way trip to Mars that was being offered. But never fear, there’s still a way for you to make a name for yourself.

NASA is inviting the public to send their John and Jane Does to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will fly in comfort on a dime-sized microchip aboard an Orion spacecraft that launches on December 4. The test flight will circle Earth a few times before a fiery reentry and a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Sounds like fun, huh? Bet you’re ready to sign up.

It’s easy enough.

As an Earthbound intrepid explorer, you just enter your name on the NASA website, click enter and you’re ready to go the distance.

The names will also fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars.

“With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society,” the agency’s site says.

There is a deadline for such important matters. To get your “boarding pass” for the first test flight, you’ll need to submit your name by Halloween.

“This is just the first of what will be a long line of exploration missions beyond low earth orbit, and in a few years we will be sending our astronauts to destinations humans have never experienced,” said Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development “It’s thrilling to be a part of the journey now, at the beginning.”



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