Sega is lending the image of its flagship mascot to a new mission to space.
Announced overnight by Sega of Japan, Sonic will be featured on the logo of the Radio and Plasma Wave Investigation, which will be part of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission spearheaded by the European Space Agency. The mission is expected to begin in 2022.
— ソニック委員会「R」 (@sonic20th) October 1, 2019
The RPWI itself is a radio wave detector, and Sonic will be on the device’s logo with Sega’s permission. It is being jointly developed by Sweden, Poland, France, and Prof. Yasumasa Kasaba of Tohoku University of Japan, who sought Sega’s blessing for Sonic’s first official mission to space. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will also have a role in the mission.
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer is expected to reach the distant planet by 2029 with the goal of observing three of Jupiter’s moons to see if water exists there.