NASA has launched an extraordinary opportunity for space enthusiasts and curious minds alike to participate in its upcoming Europa Clipper mission by sending their names to Jupiter's moon Europa.
This campaign, dubbed "Message in a Bottle," invites individuals to be part of a cosmic journey that could unravel the secrets hidden beneath Europa's icy surface.
Participants can sign an original poem titled "In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa," written by Ada Limón. The names, along with the poem, will be engraved onto a special microchip, creating a symbolic message in a bottle that will accompany the Europa Clipper spacecraft as it embarks on its historical mission.
To be part of this cosmic endeavor, interested individuals must submit their names before December 31, 2023, by visiting the campaign's website.
This initiative echoes previous projects by NASA, which have invited millions of people to send their names on missions such as Artemis I and various Mars spacecraft. It follows the agency's rich tradition of embedding inspirational messages within spacecraft, enabling them to traverse the vast expanse of our solar system and beyond.
The mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in October 2024. It is expected to reach Jupiter in the summer of 2030.