Turks rush to NASA website to send their names to Mars

More Turks than any other nationality applied to send their name to Mars on the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 2020 rover, Duvar news site reported on Thursday.

NASA announced on Tuesday that people could send their names over on a microchip with NASA's Mars 2020 rover. People can register online by Sept. 30 to send their names to the red planet on a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers).

"As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington in a press release.

As of 2 p.m. local time (GMT+2) on Thursday, 408,948 Turks registered online to send their names to Mars. People from the United States ranked second with 313,635 applications. 

People instantly get a “boarding pass” for Mars after entering their names, countries, postal codes, and e-mail addressed on NASA website. 

The U.S. space agency said people could earn “frequent flyer” points if they followed similar missions.