SXSW 2024

Explore Space & Poetry With NASA & Poet Laureate Ada Limón


How does the universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone? As we face some of our biggest challenges on Earth, asking these cosmic questions helps us understand our universe—and our place within it. Learn about NASA’s legacy of sending inspirational messages to space, from the Voyager Golden Record in the 1970s to rovers exploring Mars today. Listen to the U.S. Poet Laureate describe how she wrote a poem engraved on NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft launching in October 2024, and hear the poem itself. And dive into ways science and art unite, inspiring generations to dream beyond limits.

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  1. NASA has a history of sending messages, art, and more to space on spacecraft built by human hands. Technology has changed how this is done over time.
  2. The U.S. Poet Laureateship, appointed by the Library of Congress, plays a vital role in promoting poetry and has an esteemed role in U.S. history.
  3. Science and art complement each other. Artists and leaders at NASA use art to broaden scientific understanding, inclusion, and accessibility.



Laurance Fauconnet, Public Engagement Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Fireside Chat
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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