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Hurry! You Can Catch a Ride to Jupiter with NASA

Hurry! You Can Catch a Ride to Jupiter with NASA

An illustration showing the planet Jupiter rising over the horizon of its moon Europa. Europa’s surface consists of a rough landscape of blue, semi-translucent ice. Jupiter’s colorful orange, blue and cream-colored bands and swirling storms are visible in its atmosphere. In the middle distance, the Europa Clipper spacecraft can be seen, its solar panel wings glinting in the sunlight. 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechALT

Hurry! You Can Catch a Ride to Jupiter with NASA

Well, at least your name can.  

One of the planet Jupiter’s largest and most intriguing moons is called Europa. Evidence hints that beneath its icy shell, Europa hides an ocean of liquid water – more water than all of Earth’s oceans combined. In 2024, our Europa Clipper robotic spacecraft sets sail to take a closer look…and when it launches, your name can physically be aboard! Here’s how: 

NASA’s Message in a Bottle campaign invites people around the world to sign their names to a poem written by the U.S. Poet Laureate, Ada Limón. The poem connects the two water worlds — Earth, yearning to reach out and understand what makes a world habitable, and Europa, waiting with secrets yet to be explored.

An illustration showing the planet Jupiter, its moon Europa with its cracked, icy surface, and the Europa Clipper spacecraft, all lined up against the dark background of space.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ALT

The poem will be engraved on Europa Clipper, along with participants’ names that will be physically etched onto microchips mounted on the spacecraft. Together, the poem and names will travel 1.8 billion miles to the Jupiter system.

A poster with a background illustration showing the planet Jupiter and the surface of its moon Europa. The text reads: Message In a Bottle – Send your name. Next to the text is an illustration of a paper scroll rolled up inside a glass bottle sealed with a cork.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ALT

Signing up is easy! Just go to this site to sign your name to the poem and get on board. You can send your name en español, too. Envía tu nombre aquí.

The Europa Clipper launch window opens in October 2024, but don’t wait – everyone’s names need to be received this year so they can be loaded onto the spacecraft in time. Sign up by Dec. 31, 2023.

We hope you’ll be riding along with us! Follow the mission at europa.nasa.gov.

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