Disclaimer on Space Probes?

Question: Do satellites/telescopes/rovers designed to investigate other parts of the universe contain any disclaimer to future potentially intelligent species that the technology in question came from earth rather than wherever it could eventually be found so as not to confuse or contaminate their understanding of where our species came from?  If so, in what type of “language” would such a disclaimer be written?  — Matt

Answer: I know of four examples of spacecraft that have included information for anybody who might find these devices floating out in space.  The Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft all carried informational markings of various kinds.  The most elaborate of the group was the “Golden Record” placed aboard Voyager 1 and 2.  The intent of the Golden Record was to communicate “a story of our world” to any extraterrestrial that might find it.  I would encourage you to read through the information in the link above on the Golden Record for the details as to what was actually included in this “story of our world”.

Jeff Mangum

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