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Illustration of NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft


IN OCTOBER, NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft is because of begin its journey to discover Jupiter’s ice-encrusted moon Europa (imagined above in illustration).

NASA requested the scientific organisation that I lead, METI Worldwide, to attract on our experience at making an attempt to contact extraterrestrial intelligence and assist craft a symbolic missive engraved on a tantalum plate connected to the spacecraft – greetings from one water world to a different.

We helped create two components of the message. First, we collected a globally consultant pattern of audio recordings of the phrase for water in 103 languages, displaying every as a waveform on the outward-facing aspect of the panel (proven above) that protects delicate scientific devices.

On the opposite, inward-facing aspect (proven under), we designed the scientific a part of the message. This describes water when it comes to the “water gap”, the band of frequencies between the hydrogen and hydroxyl (which mix to kind water) emission strains within the radio spectrum the place many early searches for intelligence past Earth have been performed.

Different components of the inside message embrace: the Drake equation, which estimates the variety of extraterrestrial civilisations in our galaxy; a microchip with the names of two.6 million endorsers, to be added nearer to launch; and US poet laureate Ada LimÓn’s poem to Europa, which ends: “O second moon, we, too, are made / of water, of huge and beckoning seas… / of a have to name out by means of the darkish.” The Europa Clipper is because of enter Jupiter’s orbit in April 2030.

Douglas Vakoch, president of METI Worldwide


  • Jupiter/
  • house exploration
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