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NASA will send a probe to Jupiter's moon with a message in Portuguese

NASA will send a probe to Jupiter's moon with a message in Portuguese

NASA is about to launch the Europa Clipper mission, which will take a probe to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. The mission intends to carry a message containing words in several languages, including Portuguese.

Europa is one of the most interesting celestial bodies in our solar system, with an icy surface and an underground ocean that could harbor life forms.

NASA plans to investigate this possibility using the Europa Clipper spacecraft, which will launch in October 2024 Space agencyThe probe will perform a series of flights, collecting data on the atmosphere, surface and interior of Europa 1.

Multilingual message to the moon of Jupiter

In a symbolic initiative, NASA will place a metal plate on the probe engraved with the word “water” in 103 languages, representing life’s universal connection to water.

The choice of the word “water” is important, as it is essential for life as we know it, and is an essential component in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Visual representations of the sound waves formed by the word “water” in 103 languages. Image: NASA/Reproduction

The mission also provided a unique opportunity for people from all over the world, including Brazilians, to send their names into space.

Through the “Message in a Bottle” campaign, interested parties were able to register their names until December 31, 2023. These names will then be on a small chip that will accompany the probe on its journey to Europe.

About Europe Clipper

The spacecraft is being developed to study the Galilean moon Europa through a series of “reconnaissance flights” while in orbit around Jupiter.

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Initially, it will be launched in June 2023. However, NASA announced that the mission will begin on October 6, 2024, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.