STARDUST was launched on February 7, 1999 carrying the two microchips. Two copies of each chip were installed on the spacecraft (for a total of four chips). Two of the microchips (#1 & #2) are inside the Sample Return Capsule, and will return back to Earth with the capsule in the year 2006. The other two chips are on the spacecraft body and will remain in space forever. Below, we have a listing of all of the names submitted and that have been inscribed onto the microchips.
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Microchip #1 During October-November, 1997, we had our first name collection effort. Over 136,000 names were collected, and the names were etched on the microchip in December 1997. The chip was then delivered to Denver, Colorado where the spacecraft was being assembled. The microchip was inserted inside the Sample Return Capsule where it currently resides. A second copy of the chip was placed on the spacecraft body.
A second name collection effort was performed from May-August 1998. For the second microchip, we found a location on the back of the arm holding the dust collector for the chip to reside. We have collected over 1 million names for the second chip. Like with the first microchip, two copies were made, with one inside the Sample Return Capsule, and the other copy on the spacecraft body.
To the genealogy people: we've been receiving a lot of inquiries from people researching their family trees and have who have discovered our microchip name listings. The names on the microchip were collected as a public outreach effort. We do not have any information or background on any of the people whose names were submitted, nor do we have any way of contacting these people.
Microchip Names: TERANCE M BOZARTH (1LT/ARMY) ALVIN RAY BOZARTH, (SSG/ARMY) AUSTIN BOZARTH BRETT B. BOZARTH CHRIS H. BOZARTH CRYSTAL M BOZARTH DIANA C BOZARTH DONNA L BOZARTH JAMES E. BOZARTH JOSEPH P. BOZARTH JULIE G. BOZARTH MELISSA L. BOZARTH NICHOLAS D. BOZARTH RACHEL M. BOZARTH SARAH A BOZARTH ============================================== I had this information which corresponds with two of the names that are on the microchip sent on the Stardust. These soldier's names are on The Wall in D.C.
VIETNAM CASUALTY INDEX
Name: Bozarth, Alvin Ray Service Number: 19765392 Date of Birth:04/23/46 Date of Death: 08/13/67 City of Record: Lamont State of Record: California Service Branch: Army Rank: SSGT Length of Service: 04 Tour Begin: 661121 Casualty Type: Hostile - Died of Wounds Race: Caucasian Religion: Baptist - Other Group Marital Status Single Sex: Male Posthumous Promotion: Yes -------------- Name: Bozarth, Terance M Service Number: O5335921 Date of Birth: 04/26/46 Date of Death: 02/22/68 City of Record: Kettering State of Record: Ohio Service Branch: Army Rank: 1LT Length of Service 02 Tour Begin: 680127 Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed Race: Caucasian Religion: 62 Marital Status: Married Sex: Male Posthumous Promotion: No ==============================================