On 5 September 2017, the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, the longest continuously operated space mission in history will be celebrated. Voyager 1 now also boasts the title of being the most far travelled man made object ever created, as well as having become the first craft to enter interstellar space. And now, members of the public have been invited to play a part in its impressive legacy, as NASA wants to beam a positive message from social media into the cosmos.
Inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on Voyager’s famous Golden Record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing songs, sounds and images selected to depict the diversity of Earth’s life and culture, NASA is inviting people to send small dispatches of hope and positivity to Voyager 1 to mark the occasion.
Using the hashtag #MessageToVoyager, people can post messages with a maximum of 60 characters on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. Privacy settings on submissions posts must be public in order to make them findable, and all submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on 15 August 2017.
With input from NASA, JPL and the Voyager team, and following a public poll, one message will be selected for NASA to beam into interstellar space on 5 September 2017 for the anniversary.
I'm proud to be your ambassador, Earth. Looking forward to your message! https://t.co/voyY9jMfja
— NASA Voyager (@NASAVoyager) August 3, 2017
Discoveries made by the Voyager mission includes three new moons at Jupiter, four new moons at Saturn, lightning, volcanoes and clues about an ocean beyond Earth, six new moons at Neptune and 11 new moons at Uranus.
The competition is still open for entries, with the poll that will be hosting the top picks being held on this page.