Lord Venky goes to Mars!
Some may say that science has nothing to do with god, but Indians wouldn’t agree to that. We still put vermillion on our new computer and offer coconuts before driving a new car. No surprise that an Indian god’s name going to land on Mars with the help of NASA.
The name of Lord Venkateswara of the famous hill shrine at Tirumala, stencilled in microchips and affixed on NASAs Mars 2020 Rover, would fly to the Red Planet
“I have submitted the sacred name of Lord Venkateswara and got the souvenir boarding pass in the name of the Lord from the official website of NASA,” former director of National Mission of Manuscripts V Venkata Ramana Reddy informed. ,
The Lord’s name would be among 10 million names stencilled on microchips affixed on the Rover.
The submission of names at the NASA website for the “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign ended on Tuesday.
NASA had invited the public to submit their names to fly to the red planet. The mission is scheduled for launch in July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.
The Rover would search for signs of past microbial life, characterise the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples from Mars.
Tirupati Balaji holds the record of being the richest as well as the most visited temple of India. The shrine receives offerings from devotees in cash, jewellery, gold, silver, property deeds, and Demat share transfers and the per day offering is around Rs22.5 million.