HANS' SPACE ODYSSEYS
idea that all Humans can say "Hello" to the cosmos,
has its origins back in the 70's, when the late pace scientist
Carl Sagan convinced NASA to launch pair of golden records on
an epic journey across the Solar System and beyond, stored aboard
the Voyager space probes. The Voyager records contained music,
pictures and greetings from the Earth - including a greeting
from US president Jimmy Carter - just in case someone would
find them in the distant future. A similar idea for was born
when another scientist - Frank Drake - used the huge Arecibo
antenna to transmit the first message from a radio telescope
to any extra-terresterials who may lurk out there in interstellar
later, NASA, The Planetary Society and other scientific organizations
got the idea that they could invite the public to "come
along" their space missions, inspiring people to grow
a personal interest and engagement in space exploration. Lately,
space agencies in other countries has followed suit. And entrepreneurs
sometimes offer citizens paid space for messages & objects
onboard planned privat spacecrafts - though not everyone has
been successful. So in a way, these ventures has served as
low-budget precursors to the space tourism industry, and a
lot safer too!
Starlife is one of the earliest and most well-travelled space
explorers of our time - through his name that is. He has sent
his name to dozens of worlds throughout the Solar System.
On the red planet Mars - his favorite destination - he has
made landfall many times onboard various landers and rovers.
But already decades ago he embarked on a journey to Saturn
onboard the Cassini space probe, carrying a CD with hand-written
signatures. It's still there. And don't forget the Horizons
space probe which soon will fly by Pluto, then following the
Voyagers toward interstellar space. Using Australia's largest
antenna, he has also had his name transmitted to exoplanet
needless to say, he has also joined NASA's "Journey to
Mars" program highlighting their new "Orion"
spaceship. This program is based on the civilian air travels
of Earth, where passengers get a "Boarding Pass"
and can earn "Frequent Flyer" points allowing them
to send their names on future launches. How many worlds have
your name been too?
Card" for NASA's Orion test mission