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Send Your Name to Mars

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the red planet. Submit your name by September 30, 2019, and fly along!

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) launched their serverless website on AWS – Send Your Name to Mars. People around the world can now submit their names to be inscribed on the Mars Rover and sent 313 million miles away to Mars in 2020.

How it works

The site launched on May 21st and over 5.7 million names submitted globally since the time of blog publication.

To scale for this demand, JPL is leveraging Amazon CloudFront to access Amazon S3, then using Lambda@Edge to return the index.html. API Gateway dispatches requests to a number of Lambda functions for create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) functions. DynamoDB is used as a data store to support the various legacy system query requirements. The site scaled with ~67k requests per minute at peak.

Don’t miss your opportunity to get your names to accompany the Mars 2020 Rover as it lands on Mars. Submit your name here: https://go.nasa.gov/Mars2020Pass

Earth & Space on AWS

And continue learning about space at our Earth & Space keynote ahead of the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington DC on June 10, 2019. CEO of Earthrise Alliance and industry leader, Lori Garver, will share her unique take on how tech is accelerating innovation across Earth and Space, the value of public-private partnerships, and the importance of elevating women in aerospace.

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the AWS Public Sector blog team writes for the government, education, and nonprofit sector around the globe. Learn more about AWS for the public sector by visiting our website (https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/), or following us on Twitter (@AWS_gov, @AWS_edu, and @AWSnonprofits).