NASA invites everyone to send their names into space aboard the Europa Clipper robotic spacecraft, which will fly to Jupiter's moon Europa in October 2024.
This is stated on the official website.
The "Message in a Bottle" campaign invites people from all over the world to subscribe to a poem written by American poet and Nobel Prize winner Ada Lemon. The poem connects two water worlds — Earth, which seeks to reach out and understand what makes the world habitable, and Europe, which awaits its mysteries that have yet to be explored.
In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa
Arching under the night sky inky
with black expansiveness, we point
to the planets we know, we
pin quick wishes on stars. From earth,
we read the sky as if it is an unerring book
of the universe, expert and evident.
Still, there are mysteries below our sky:
the whale song, the songbird singing
its call in the bough of a wind-shaken tree.
We are creatures of constant awe,
curious at beauty, at leaf and blossom,
at grief and pleasure, sun and shadow.
And it is not darkness that unites us,
not the cold distance of space, but
the offering of water, each drop of rain,
each rivulet, each pulse, each vein.
O second moon, we, too, are made
of water, of vast and beckoning seas.
We, too, are made of wonders, of great
and ordinary loves, of small invisible worlds,
of a need to call out through the dark.
The poem "In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa" bidet is engraved on the spaceship along with the names of the participants, which will be printed on the installed microchips. At the same time, the poem and names will travel 1.8 billion miles on the Europa Clipper's journey to the Jovian system. The Europa Clipper will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Station in October 2024, and by 2030 it will enter orbit around Jupiter. Over the course of several years, it will conduct dozens of flybys of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, collecting detailed measurements to determine if there are conditions on the moon that are suitable for life.
NASA will send the names of everyone to orbit Jupiter / Photo: twitter.com/nasa
You can join the initiative for free by following the link. You need to provide your first name, last name, email, country of residence, and zip code.
Once all the names are collected, specialists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Microdevices Laboratory in Southern California will use an electron beam to apply them to a silicon microchip the size of a dime coin. Each line of text is less than 1/1000th the width of a human hair (75 nanometers).
Recall that scientists have discovered two hot Jupiters. These are massive gas giants orbiting so close to their stars that there is no possibility of life emerging there.