As the Voyager mission is commemorating its 40th anniversary out in space, NASA launched a new campaign for here on Earth. It is encouraging the public to send in short but profound messages that could later be beamed to space. Users have to send in the messages using the #MessageToVoyager hashtag.
The Voyager mission includes two spacecraft, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. While the first one was launched in August 1977, the Voyager 2 took off two weeks later, in September 1977. This year, both of the probes are celebrating their 40th anniversary of being up in space.
In August 2012, the Voyager mission became the first ever spacecraft to reach interstellar space. Both spacecraft were specifically deployed to study the outer planets of our solar system. While Voyager 1 headed past Saturn and Jupiter, Voyager 2 flew by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and then Neptune.
I’m proud to be your ambassador, Earth. Looking forward to your message! https://t.co/voyY9jMfja
— NASA Voyager (@NASAVoyager) August 3, 2017
#MessageToVoyager to Head for the Stars
NASA is encouraging the public to send in short but uplifting messages, one of which will be making its way towards space. The Voyager mission team, NASA, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be selecting their top picks among the messages sent in with the #MessageToVoyager hashtag.
Then, these will be published online and will face a public vote, starting with August 23. The message best selected will be beamed into space, and towards the Voyager 1, that is now the farthest away in the Universe human-made object. This message should reach the spacecraft by September 06.
#MessageToVoyager “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known…”- Carl Sagan
— Isabella Koldras (@IsabellaKoldras) August 3, 2017
Those interested in sending a message can do so until August 15. They can post their note using the hashtag #MessageToVoyager on either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Google+. Messages must have a maximum of 60 characters.
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 each carry a Golden Record. This is a 12 inches gold-plated copper disk which contains spoke greetings in 55 languages, music samples from different cultures and periods, natural and human-made sounds. It also includes a printed message from the former US President and then UN Secretary General Waldheim.
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