NASA has revealed a plaque with information about humanity that will be launched into space aboard the Europa Clipper

NASA has revealed a plaque with information about humanity that will be launched into space aboard the Europa Clipper

NASA has unveiled a plaque with information about human civilization that scientists will send aboard the Europa Clipper spacecraft to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The tantalum plate is inscribed with the word “water” more than a hundred times in different languages, which is consistent with the mission of the Europa Subglacial Ocean Research Station.

The size of the plate is 18×28 cm, it is attached to the lid of the compartment with scientific equipment. On its inner side, the handwritten text of the poem “In Praise of Secrets: A Poem for Europe” by the American poet Ada Lemon, a portrait of scientist Ron Greely and the Drake equation are printed. Also on this side is an illustration of a bottle (referring to a message in a bottle) to which a plaque with the names of over 2.6 million people will be attached.

On the front side of the plate, 103 pronunciations of the word “water” in different languages ​​are engraved in the form of visualized audio signals. In the center is the symbol for water in American Sign Language (ASL).

After completion of Europa Clipper’s assembly at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the craft will travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where launch preparations will begin.

Europa Clipper will go into space in October 2024. The automatic station will arrive in the Jupiter system in 2030 and make 49 flybys near Europa. The Europa Clipper’s main science goal is to determine whether Europa’s sub-ice ocean has a place that could support life.

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