If you ever dreamed of exploring space when you were a kid, now is your chance. While you won’t be able to just climb aboard a space shuttle, you can send your face along with the crew. NASA just announced their “Face in Space”program. Upload a photograph and your name (or just your name) and it will wing its way onto the shuttle faster than the speed of light.
Be sure to save your mission information once you have uploaded your picture. After the shuttle lands on Earth, you’ll be able to return to the site and print out a commemorative certificate signed by the Mission Commander. You can also check on mission status, view mission photographs, link to various NASA educational resources and follow the commander and crew on Twitter or Facebook.
I wanted to be an astronaut at one point in my life. Heck, I don’t know too many people who haven’t thought about what it would be like to fly around defying gravity, weaving in and out of stars and checking out what’s really out there. This is the only chance I’m going to get, and you can bet my photo will be aboard that space shuttle. My face will be launching into space on September 16, 2010 on the STS-133 mission.