Want to go to Mars for free?
It's simple. Of course, you won't actually go, but your name...and possibly a message from you...can go!
NASA will be sending a spacecraft to study the Martian atmosphere (there's the meteorology angle!)...it's currently scheduled to launch in November.
A DVD will be sent with the craft. This DVD will contain all the names submitted. It will also contain some messages in the form of haiku poetry. Only three of these will be selected; there will be a contest to determine which three make the trip.
Click here for more information on the "Going to Mars" campaign.
Click here for more information on the MAVEN spacecraft.