My father, J. T. Powell, Jr., was one of the original NASA engineers. In fact, he arrived to work at the Redstone Arsenal in 1952 before the space agency was officially named in 1958. He worked on the earliest space flight missions, winning an award for his instrumentation on Miss Baker’s flight.
So when I saw that NASA has a “Send your name to the Moon” Project, I put in his name. I figure though he died in 1992, in his lifetime people went from horse and mule transportation to the moon, and he was part of getting us there.
The Send Your Name to the Moon Web site enables everyone to participate in the lunar adventure and place their names in orbit around the moon for years to come. Participants can submit their information at http://lro.jhuapl.edu/NameToMoon/, print a certificate and have their name entered into a database. The database will be placed on a microchip that will be integrated onto the spacecraft. The deadline for submitting names is June 27, 2008.