ESA to hold Space Cocktail Contest

The European Space Agency will hold a Space Juice Contest for the best cocktail recipe created in honor of the JUICE mission (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer). Its winner will receive an invitation to the German Darmstadt. There he will be able to attend ESA-organized events dedicated to the launch of the device.

Space Juice Contest logo. Source: ESA

JUICE will go into space in April 2023. It will be the most complex and expensive interplanetary mission ever launched by ESA into interplanetary space. The main targets of the spacecraft will be Ganymede, Europa and Callisto — three icy moons of Jupiter, under the surfaces of which huge oceans hide.

In order to promote the upcoming event, ESA decided to hold a competition. Since the abbreviation of the mission carries the meaning of “juice”, the agency’s choice fell on cocktails. The contestants will compete in the making of cocktails that would best convey the essence of the mission. According to ESA representatives, its participants can draw inspiration from the creamy swirls of Jupiter’s atmosphere, from the multi-layered structure of icy moons or from complex operations necessary for the success of the flight.

JUICE station in the artist’s image. Source: Spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Jupiter: NASA/ESA/J. Nichols (University of Leicester); Ganymede: NASA/JPL; Io: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona; Callisto and Europa: NASA/JPL/DLR

The competition will be held from January 2 to January 31. Residents of the ESA member countries, as well as states that are its associate members, who have reached the age of 18 will be able to participate in it.

In order to apply, participants will have to fill out a form on the website and indicate in it a link to a post on their social networks with a photo or video of the finished cocktail and an explanation of how its ingredients reflect the essence of the mission. The recipe may include fruit/vegetable juices, creams, coffee, sparkling drinks, food dyes, syrups, as well as straws, ice, decorative fruits, etc. The use of alcohol is not allowed.

The winners will be selected on February 28. The author of the best recipe will receive an invitation to Darmstadt, where he will be able to visit the solemn events dedicated to the mission and watch its launch at the MCC. Up to nine finalists will receive branded bags from ESA with souvenir paraphernalia.

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