In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now.
“Ecological Economist & Playwright” Tim Jackson is the 2016 Hillary Laureate for exceptional mid-career Leadership in “Capital for Change”. Jackson, director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey (UK), is the Institute’s 7th annual, global Laureate since 2009.
Carl Sagan’s iconic Pale Blue Dot monologue is based on the seminal photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990:
From the Open Culture post: How Did Everything Begin?: Animations on the Origins of the Universe Narrated by X-Files Star Gillian Anderson