The US poet laureate has written an ode to Europa for NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter’s icy moon. Meanwhile, a village bin man in Tuscany helped to unearth ancient bronze statues.
US Poet Laureate Dedicates Ode to Europa for NASA Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon
The US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, has written a poem dedicated to Europa, one of Jupiter’s icy moons. The poem, titled “For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet,” was commissioned by NASA as part of the agency’s upcoming mission to study Europa.
Europa is considered one of the most promising places in our solar system to search for life beyond Earth. The moon is believed to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water, which could potentially harbor microbial life.
Harjo’s poem is inspired by the idea of exploring Europa and the mysteries that lie beneath its icy surface. In the poem, she writes:
“Let us gather our dreams in a bouquet, / wildflowers for the field / we will walk through in two decades / when we land on Europa.”
The poem also touches on themes of connection and unity, as Harjo encourages us to “remember that we are all connected / to the mystery of the universe.”
The NASA mission to Europa is set to launch in the mid-2020s, and will include a spacecraft that will orbit Jupiter and make multiple flybys of Europa. The spacecraft will study the moon’s surface and subsurface, as well as its potential habitability.
Village Bin Man Helps Unearth Ancient Bronze Statues in Tuscany
In other science news, a village bin man in Tuscany has helped archaeologists uncover a hoard of ancient bronze statues.
The bin man, Massimo Pulini, was collecting garbage in the village of Cascina when he noticed a hole in the ground. Curious, he decided to investigate and found a cache of bronze statues and other artifacts buried beneath the soil.
Archaeologists were called in to excavate the site, and they uncovered a total of 23 bronze statues, as well as other objects dating back to the Etruscan period, around 500 BCE.
The statues depict various gods and goddesses, including Apollo, Mars, and Venus. They are believed to have been part of a larger collection that was buried for safekeeping during a time of political upheaval.
The discovery is being hailed as a significant find, shedding new light on the art and culture of the Etruscan civilization. The statues are now being restored and will be put on display in a local museum.
Science continues to uncover new mysteries and insights into the world around us. From the depths of Jupiter’s icy moons to the ancient artifacts buried beneath our feet, there is always something new to discover and explore.