Fly Your Name to Jupiter’s Moon: Join NASA’s Europa Odyssey

Sign Poem That Will Fly Aboard NASA Europa Clipper

The “Message in a Bottle” campaign offers everyone the opportunity to have their name stenciled onto a microchip bearing U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón’s “In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa.” The chip will ride aboard NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft to Jupiter and its moon Europa. Credit: NASA

Six weeks remain for you to add your name to a microchip that will ride aboard the spacecraft as it explores Jupiter’s moon Europa.

It’s not every day that members of the public have the chance to send their names into deep space beyond Mars, all the way to Jupiter and its moon Europa. But with NASA’s Europa Clipper, you have that opportunity: Names will ride aboard the spacecraft as it journeys 1.8 billion miles (2.6 billion kilometers) to this icy moon, where an ocean hides beneath a frozen outer shell. The deadline to join the mission’s “Message in a Bottle” campaign is only six weeks away. The campaign closes at 11:59 p.m. EST, December 31, 2023.

Go behind the scenes in the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California to see how your name could be sent to Jupiter’s moon Europa as part of NASA’s “Message in a Bottle” campaign. Names will be stenciled in tiny letters on special microchips that will ride aboard the Europa Clipper spacecraft as it journeys 1.8 billion miles (2.6 billion kilometers) to the icy moon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Participating in the Mission

So far, about 700,000 names have been submitted. Once all the names have been gathered, technicians in the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California will use an electron beam to stencil them onto a dime-size silicon microchip. Each line of text is smaller than 1/1000th the width of a human hair (75 nanometers).

The chip will be attached to a metal plate engraved with the original poem “In Praise of Mystery,” (see video embedded below) written by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to celebrate the mission. Riding on the exterior of the spacecraft, the poem and names will be like a message in a bottle as they make about 50 close flybys of the ocean world.

U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón wrote an original poem dedicated to NASA’s Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, which is believed to harbor a vast ocean beneath its icy surface. Narrated by Limón herself, the poem is entitled “In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa” and it connects two water worlds — Earth, yearning to reach out and understand what makes a world habitable, and Europa, waiting with secrets yet to be explored. The poem will be engraved on a plaque carried aboard the Europa Clipper spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Europa Clipper’s Goals and Legacy

The mission will log a half-billion miles (800 million kilometers) during these orbits as the spacecraft’s payload of science instruments gathers data on Europa’s subsurface ocean, icy crust, and atmosphere to determine if the moon could support life.

Once assembly of Europa Clipper has been completed at JPL, the orbiter will be shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for its October 2024 launch.

Europa Clipper Spacecraft Illustration

NASA’s Europa Clipper will swoop around Jupiter on an elliptical path, dipping close to its moon Europa on each flyby to collect data. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“Message in a Bottle” draws from NASA’s long tradition of shipping inspirational messages on spacecraft that have explored our solar system and beyond. The program aims to spark the imaginations of people around the world as the Voyager spacecraft did in 1977 by sending a time capsule of sounds and images reflecting the diversity of life on Earth.

How to Participate

To sign, read the poem, and hear Limón recite it in an animated video, go to:

The site also enables participants to create and download a customizable souvenir – an illustration of your name on a message in a bottle against a rendering of Europa and Jupiter – to commemorate the experience. Participants are encouraged to share their enthusiasm on social media using the hashtag #SendYourName.

More About the Mission

Europa Clipper’s main science goal is to determine whether there are places below Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, that could support life. The mission’s three main science objectives are to determine the thickness of the moon’s icy shell and its surface interactions with the ocean below, to investigate its composition, and to characterize its geology. The mission’s detailed exploration of Europa will help scientists better understand the astrobiological potential for habitable worlds beyond our planet.

1 Comment on "Fly Your Name to Jupiter’s Moon: Join NASA’s Europa Odyssey"

  1. mehrdad aghakasiri tehran 00989332197646 | November 16, 2023 at 12:10 am | Reply

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    The destruction of human civilization on the earth November 2023, the remains of civilization on earth are only the shape of the seas and continents, which are in the form of humans, mammals and birds.Millions of years ago, before humans were destroyed, those who lived on earth before us saw a star.They had arrived that it was coming towards the sun from the arm of the sky, and because they knew that star and its planet would collide with the objects of the solar system and life on earth would be destroyed.For us humans, they transformed the continents and seas into terrestrial creatures, the American continent.North is a bird that is flying, the bird’s head and mouth are towards the east, it has eyes, its eyes are a big lake that is located on the map of America in the bird’s head near the east coast of America, that lake ison its right wing, Alaska is its left wing The north of North America is in the form of scattered islands that extend to the North Pole.The foot of this bird is the map of the country of Panama, and the foot is visible on the map, which in the Persian word Panama means Panamayan.Let’s accept the fact that they were shaped by humans before us into the form of birds, then you will think and understand that the earth had a civilized life before us, so we consider the hundredth of an astronomical event that occurred due to the collision ofplanets with the objects of the solar system.which has caused the destruction of human life in the past, but why did they do this, they drew the continents in the shape of birds and humans and changing them for us, most likely they wanted to give us a message by doing this, theyhad progressed so much In astronomy, they knew that when a star and a planet along with it from the big arm of the galaxy, due to the very strange attraction of the sun and the planet Jupiter from the galaxy towards our solar system, when theycome, they collide with the sun, and the life of the earth is because of this every hundred million years that one and a half When the two arms of the galaxy become large, collisions take place, first the planets Neptune, Uranus, Saturn,and Jupiter, and then if the said star and planet do not collide with the outer planets when the arm of the galaxy passes through the solar system, they collide with the sun.The earth is renewed, which means that maybe it was the work of God.In the word that the planet is renewed, renewal means repetition, the life of this planet is renewed, but the life that started again from a single cell is not completely destroyed.I do not mean that it was the work of God that the life of the earth is renewed.I say that the word “planet” renews, perhaps it is the work of the great God that the word “planet” renews the life of the earth because this event takes place every hundred million years, and one hundred million years is a very longtime, and in this long time, the earth will have life again.They had realized that they lived on the earth before us, and again, before the humans before us, their life on the earth was destroyed, before them, others in several periods of civilization before them lived on the earth in the form of animals,humans and birds that the American continent.Yes, they shaped why the American continent looks like a bird, because flights to space took place in the American continent in two or three periods of human civilization on earth, for this reason, by changing the shape of the seas and the continent.
    god by thank you dr mehrdad
    من نمی خواستم فارسی برای شما بنویسم اما بخاطر اینکه جمهوری اسلامی حروم زاده که سرانشان حروم لقمه هستند و اینترنت ما را دستکاری کردند در کلمات متن م املا و انشاء جمله را خراب کردند من مجبور شدم به فارسی تایپ کنم در قسمتی که من در مورد کار خداوند در تنظیم کلمات توضیح دادم نمی گویم که خداوند حیات زندگی در زمین تجدید کرده نه این کار توسط خداوند صورت نگرفته اما خداوند کلمات را تعغیر داده و روی کلمات کار کرده حیاتی که دارای تمدن بوده در زمین بیشتر از دو دوره زمین داررای حیات پشرفته بوده صدرصد کشور خارطون شبیه دماغ فیل میباشد و خرطون دیده میشود در نقشه کشور عول دیده میشود در دریای سرخ احمر آن فیل جلوی دست مرد قمه به دست را که در حال زدن نقمه هست

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