Nine-and-a-half-year-old Pratik G.K, who is aligned to the Chennai-based Space Kidz India, was one of the around1,38,899 people from India who left for Mars at 4.36pm on Saturday for a Nasa mission called InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), reported TOI.
Pratik was among one of the thousands to be included in response to a global call to submit names for the Mars mission. Their names were etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam. The chip was attached to the top hull of the lander. According to Nasa, the inclusion of names was in response to a global call to submit names for the Mars mission. Those who replied were provided ‘boarding passes’ for the flight.