Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrities Join Uwingu’s “Beam Me to Mars” Project

Space company Uwingu announced today that over a dozen actors, actresses, astronauts, authors, and space personalities joined Uwingu’s “Beam Me to Mars” project, sending their own messages and pictures to Mars from Uwingu’s web site at

Celebrities who have already posted messages to be sent to Mars by Uwingu include:

*) Motion picture actors Seth Green and wife Clare Grant

*) Star Trek actor George (“Sulu”) Takei

*) Bill Nye, The Science Guy

*) Former International Space Station commander and media star, astronaut Chris Hadfield

*) Commercial astronaut Richard Garriott

*) Former NASA leader Lori Garver

*) Pulitzer winning author and playwright Dava Sobel (Galileo’s Daughter, Longitudes)

*) Author and screenwriter Homer Hickam (The Rocket Boys, October Sky)

Beam Me to Mars provides the first opportunity for the people to radio personal messages and pictures to Mars. Anyone can participate. Beam Messages can be as simple as a name, or can be more elaborate, including text and even images. Anyone can send messages to Mars, and people can send as many as they want, there is no limit. Pricing begins at $5 and helps create new grants for the Uwingu Fund for space exploration, research, and education.

All messages in Uwingu’s ‘Beam Me’ transmission will be sent on November 28th. The messages will travel there at the speed of light—arriving at Mars just 15 minutes after they are sent.

The entire Beam Me message archive, including celebrity messages, is searchable for free at Uwingu’s web site, and all the messages can be freely socially shared on social networks.

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About Uwingu. Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-goo”) was founded in 2012 and consists of a team of leading astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives and educators. Uwingu is a for-profit company dedicated to creating new ways for people to personally connect with space exploration and education while also raising funds to support non-profit organizations working space exploration and astronomy. A pioneer in this industry, Uwingu is currently creating the first crowd-sourced map of Mars. Since the project began in February 2014, individuals have named over 12,000 craters and the Uwingu Fund has already allocated over $100,000 for grants. Visit Uwingu’s website to learn more at

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