Pioneer Plaque Replica Shows Humanity’s First Spacecraft-Flown Message to Aliens – Seeker

Pioneer Plaque Replica Shows Humanity’s First Spacecraft-Flown Message to Aliens – Seeker

Space & Innovation

The first NASA probes to leave our solar system carried a message for extraterrestrial life designed by Carl Sagan that would showcase Earth and humanity.

A new Kickstarter campaign will replicate the Pioneer spacecraft’s famous diagram (front) with a special tray in which to store it.

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Duane King

A new Kickstarter campaign will replicate the Pioneer spacecraft’s famous diagram (front) with a special tray in which to store it.

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Duane King

In 1972 and 1973, humanity launched two probes that for the first time would leave our solar system. Sending a spacecraft so far from home inspired a small group of people to wonder, what if we included a message to aliens on it? If aliens found the spacecraft, small as the chance would be, it would be a chance to showcase Earth and humanity.

This led to NASA including one plaque each on the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft, launched by the space agency to study Jupiter and Saturn. After their primary missions were done, the spacecraft flew at escape velocity speed from the solar system. We lost contact with both spacecraft years ago due to power constraints and their vast distance from Earth, but they continue to sail silently in the cosmos.

A new Kickstarter campaign will let you take a replica of one of these plaques home. Conceived by designer Duane King – whose portfolio advertises work for
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