explore-blog: “When humanity disappears, a ring of dead spacecraft will remain as evidence of our existence.”
The Last Pictures - a collection of images for the far future. This fall, artist Trevor Paglen will place 100 images on board a communications satellite, as a kind of time-capsule of humanity destined to remain in perpetual orbit, inspired by Carl Sagan’s Golden Record.
The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. The Voyager spacecraft are not heading towards any particular star, but Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light years of the star AC+79 3888 in the Ophiuchusconstellation in about 40,000 years.
“This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.”