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PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise on Mars beginning 2021. Two chips are hitching a ride on the side of the Mars rover and NASA visited Paradise Elementary to present a certificate.
Taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 30, the two chips on the side of the Mars rover are engraved with "Town of Paradise, California" and "Paradise Strong".
"We wanted to do something special to do for Paradise. Our NASA team has the opportunity - on these little chips that were putting on the top of our Mars rover - to etch name," said Jerry Stoces of NASA.
"We're announcing during this trip that it's going to be aboard, going on the rover, going to mars, traveling over 150 million miles with us in July and landing next February," Stoces later said.
What better way to celebrate a trip to outer space than have a Star Wars themed presentation! Costumed members of The Golden Gate Garrison handed out toys from the personal collection of the late Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.
"It's such an honor to be a part of the Mars rover mission, it's more than I ever expected would happen that I'm so excited to bring the space program to the kids in Paradise," said town council member, Melissa Schuster.
Stoces told Action News Now it will take six-and-a-half months for the rover to get to Mars with a landing set for the end of February 2021.
At the March 10 town council meeting, NASA also presented the town with a plaque.