NASA opens call to send your name to a moon of Jupiter

  • NASA will send the Europa Clipper probe to study Jupiter’s moon Europa and your name may be inside it

NASA has announced a call to send your name into space, specifically to Europa, Jupiter’s moon. The transport vehicle will be the Europa Clipper spacecraft, which will begin its 6-year journey in October 2024 in order to investigate data about the ocean and ice present on this world.

The initiative is called ‘Message in a bottle’ and it also includes a work written on papyrus called ‘Praise of the mystery: a poem for Europe’, by the poet Ada Limón. To register and put your name, you just have to click on this link and accept the option ‘Send your name’.

After entering your information as country of origin and email, you will receive a confirmation and a souvenir poster like this one.

Europa Clipper is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in October 2024, taking six years to reach its destination. As it orbits Jupiter and makes multiple flybys of Europa, a suite of science instruments will collect data on the moon’s underground ocean, ice crust, and atmosphere.

The main goal of the mission is to find out if there is anywhere below the surface of Europa that could harbor life. You’ll also seek to understand the nature of the ice sheet and the ocean beneath it, as well as learn more about the satellite’s composition and geology.