The campaign closes at 11:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 31, 2023.
Time to hurry if you want to add your name to a microchip that will ride aboard the spacecraft as it explores Jupiter’s moon Europa.
See how technicians will use an electron beam to stencil names onto microchips, where each line of text is smaller than 1/1000th the width of a human hair. The microchips will be attached to a metal plate engraved with the original poem “In Praise of Mystery,” written by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to celebrate the mission. That plate will then be attached to the exterior of the Europa Clipper spacecraft.
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission aims to determine whether Europa has conditions that could support life. Once spacecraft assembly has been completed at JPL, the orbiter will be shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for launch in October 2024.
You can add your name to the “Message in a Bottle” campaign through Dec. 31, 2023.
To sign, go to: https://go.nasa.gov/MessageInABottle
Find more information about Europa here: https://europa.nasa.gov/
JPL is a division of Caltech in Pasadena.