If you want to be involved in sending a message to the stars, here’s your chance! The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006. After nine years of travel, New Horizons flew by the Plutonian system on July 14, 2015 and snapped the first high resolution photos of the Pluto and its five moons. See the newest photos of Pluto and find out everything you need to know about this legendary spacecraft here.
This puppy is moving at 10 feet per second or about 35,000 mph!
And it took 9 years to get there? How far away is Pluto, anyway?
Pluto’s average distance is 3.6 billion miles away.
That’s 3,600,000,000 miles away. Yikes.
Anyway, new information can be sent by radio signals to the New Horizons spacefact, and that information can be saved by the computer onboard. And that is exactly what this One Earth organization is planning to do.
One Earth is working with NASA to create and send a “Golden Record 2.0”, analogous to the Golden Records onboard the Voyager 1 & 2 spacefact which launched in 1977. Each record contains music from all over the world, photos, scientific information, and even a messages to a cosmic recipient spoken in the majority of all languages on Earth. This project was spearheaded by Carl Sagan of the world renowned Cosmos TV series and Frank Drake of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
Jon Lomberg was in charge of the collection of photos imbedded within the information of those golden records. (He also created much of the original artwork shown in the original Cosmos TV series). Lomberg is also in charge of this new message which will be uploaded to New Horizons once completed. If you’d like to express your opinion of what aspects of life on Earth should be included in this message, click here!