Lisa on Mars
Posted by episode81 on May 14, 2010
Back in 2003, I took a business trip to JPL with some work colleagues. We flew in a private plane and I felt like the Queen. It was a Pilatus PC-12 NG. Very fancy. No checked bag fuss and as many carry-on items as I could manage. I broke quite a few company travel rules – no private plane travel, no more than 2 VPs on the same plane (there were 4) and no fancy hotel rooms (I had a corner suite at the W). It was all booked by my boss – an EVP.
The company is no longer in business. Shocking.
Anywho, I digress …
The highlight of the JPL trip for me was a visit to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility where the two Mars Rovers were being put together. The real ones. The ones that are now on Mars. We were encouraged to sign the Visitor’s Book. I signed and also added a small frog next to my name.
Then I noticed a small sign next to the book. “All pages will be digitized and loaded onto the Mars Rover”. Woot! My autograph – and my frog – on Mars!
I often brag about my name being on Mars, so I thought I should check that I remembered it correctly. I sent an email to the Director of JPL to get confirmation.
“It is even better than you think. The signatures were digitised and put on two disks for the two rovers. So your name is in TWO locations on Mars“
Damn, how cool am I?