Space message in a bottle: NASA offers everyone to send a name to Europa

NASA has announced the launch of the Message in a Bottle initiative. Within its framework, anyone can send their name to Jupiter and its moons.

The logo of the Message in a Bottle initiative. Source: NASA

In 2024, NASA plans to launch one of its main missions of the current decade, Europa Clipper. Its main goal will be Europa, a moon of Jupiter, which hides a giant ocean under its icy surface. In addition to the numerous scientific loads, the probe will also carry a small “Easter egg” — the poem “In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa”. It was written specifically for the mission by Ada Limón. In 2022, the Library of Congress named her the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States.

To attract additional attention to the project, NASA invited everyone to sign the poem and, thus, send their name to Europa. It will be engraved on a special microchip along with the text of Ada Limón’s work and installed on the Europa Clipper case. 

Names will be accepted until December 31, 2023. In order to send your name to Europa, you need to fill out a short form at the following link.

Europa Clipper is currently located in the Vehicle Assembly Building of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After the assembly is completed, the spacecraft 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. It is planned that the spacecraft will reach Jupiter in the summer of 2030.

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