NASA to send poem to Europa

NASA is going to send a poem to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. This is stated in a statement published on the website of the aerospace administration.

Ada Limón oversees the assembly of the Europa Clipper probe. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The poem intended for Europa will be written by Ada Limón. In 2022, the Library of Congress named her the 24th Poet Laureate of the USA. The text of the work created by Limón will be engraved on board the Europa Clipper spacecraft.

Europa Clipper is currently located in the Vehicle Assembly Building of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After the assembly is completed, the device will undergo a series of tests designed to certify its readiness for space flight, after which it will be delivered to Cape Canaveral. The launch of the mission is scheduled for October 2024, and a Falcon Heavy rocket will be used for it.

Europa Clipper will reach its goal in 2030. During its mission, the probe will have to make many close flights of Europa. Scientists hope that the information collected during these visits will help determine the properties of its subsurface ocean and answer the question of whether it can support life.

Recall that another Jovian space mission recently also acquired a rather unusual “Easter egg”. The European Space Agency has installed a plaque on board the JUICE probe, on which pages from the treatise Sidereus Nuncius, published by Galileo in 1610, are engraved

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