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NASA reveals a design for a message heading to Jupiter's moon Europa

NASA reveals a design for a message heading to Jupiter's moon Europa

To hear the audio of languages ​​spoken and see the sign, go to: go.nasa.gov/MakeWaves.

In the spirit of the Voyager spacecraft Golden recordFeaturing sounds and images to convey the richness and diversity of life on Earth, the multi-layered message on Europa Clipper aims to spark the imagination and offer a unified vision.

“The content and design of the Europa Clipper vault panel is bathed in meaning,” said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The painting brings together the best that humanity has to offer across the universe – science, technology, education, art and mathematics. The message of connection through water, essential to all life as we know it, perfectly illustrates Earth’s connection to this mysterious ocean world we set out to explore.”

Access to the universe

In 2030, after a 1.6 billion mile (2.6 billion km) journey, Europa Clipper will begin orbiting Jupiter, making 49 flybys of Europa. To determine whether conditions exist that could support life, a powerful array of spacecraft was used Science tools It will collect data about the Moon's subsurface ocean, icy crust, thin atmosphere and space environment. The electronics for these instruments are housed in a massive metal vault designed to protect them from Jupiter's harsh radiation. A memorial plaque will close a hole in the vault.

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