“NASA’s Voyager Missions Are Equipped With Maps That Could Lead Extraterrestrial Life to Earth” -Newsweek

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” The map is stamped onto the cover of the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph all-time prerecord that contains a series of sounds, images, and music that are supposed to represent the diversity of life on Earth. He was on the original board of trustees of the SETI Institute (an acronym, for search for extraterrestrial intelligence), additionally wrote the Arecibo message, an interstellar radio message containing basic information regarding humanity and Earth. The cover of the Golden Record, a time capsule placed on board Voyager 1, and 2, includes a pulsar map pictured in the bottom left corner of the gold disc that depicts the location of the solar system relative to 14 pulsars.

NASA Frank Drake, a prominent astronomer, was one of two people who designed a map that uses pulsars—a the kind of neutron star, the collapsed core of a dying star—to locate the solar system in a way intelligible to life forms outside of it. Drake said the map was designed to be potentially intelligible to any potential forms of alien life. Hawking has raised concerns that any forms of alien life might be “vastly more powerful [than humans], and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.” The Voyager missions have currently been exploring space, for virtually 40 years; both are expected to run till around 2025, by which time Voyager 2 should’ve joined its companion in interstellar space. Ahead of the anniversary, the daughter of a key figure in the missions has recalled a treasure that was sent on board the spacecraft: a map designed to guide any forms of intelligent extraterrestrial life they encountered back to Earth.

NASA/Reuters Drake said that he chose to utilize pulsars as reference points, for the map because they remain active for up to billions of years….Read The Full Article Here

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