NASA Lucy Mission's Message to the Future

  • Released Monday, July 12, 2021
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Featuring readings and messages from:

Dava Sobel, Science Writer and Journalist

Charles Simic, US Poet Laureate (2007)

Joy Harjo, First Native U.S. Poet Laureate

Ringo Starr, Drummer-vocalist of the Beatles

Orhan Pamuk, Turkish Nobel Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate (2015-2017)

Rita Dove, Poet Laureate (1993-1995)

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate (2001-2003)

Music is "All is Good" from Anders Niska and Klas Johan Wahl of Universal Production Music

In the 1970s four spacecraft began their one way trips out of our Solar System. As the first human-built objects to ever venture into interstellar space, NASA chose to place plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11 and golden records on Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. Continuing this legacy, NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft will carry a similar plaque. However, because Lucy will not be venturing outside of our Solar System, Lucy’s plaque is a time-capsule featuring messages to our descendants.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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