The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) organized a vote to determine the best text message on board the Voyager 1 interplanetary station, launched 40 years ago, on September 5, 1977.
According to Olivia Stone, spokesperson for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, anyone can vote on the lab’s website for one of the 10 messages on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1. $ CUT $
Among the suggested variants in English – “We came from the stars and return to the stars”, “You carry our hopes and dreams to the stars,” “The sun wind drives you, and the stars light the way,” “Continue research, someday we’ll take you Catch up “. One of the variants of the message is proposed in Spanish: “You are a guest from the past, traveling to the future”. Under the terms of the competition, a message on board Voyager 1 should not exceed 60 characters.
As reported by the representative of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the voting will last until 17:00 on the Pacific coast time on August 29 (03:00 Moscow time on August 30). “We will not immediately report which text received the largest number of votes,” she said, “this will be announced on September 5, the day the message is sent in the direction of Voyager 1.” The transfer will be carried out from the Madrid Center for Remote Space Communications. “The radio signal will reach Voyager 1 at 19 hours 18 minutes, that is already on September 6,” she explained.
The automatic station Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977. The original goal was to study Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 1 for the first time made detailed images of the satellites of these planets. Now Voyager 1 is at a distance of 20.6 billion km from the Earth and moves at a speed of 61 thousand kilometers per hour. After about 40 thousand years, it will be 1.6 light years away from the Gliese star 445 in the constellation Giraffe.