26 Images NASA Wants Aliens To See

By Raza Mehdi

Nov 12, 2022

Launched in 1977, NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes left the Solar System in 2012 and 2018 respectively to start their interstellar space journey. Currently, the Voyagers are sailing adrift in interplanetary space.

Voyagers Come Into Play

Image: NASA

NASA knew the Voyagers would find themselves in blank space after leaving the solar system and it would take another 40,000 years to make a close approach to any other planetary system. Therefore, the spacecraft should carry a message from its maker.

Snippets Of Our Existence

Image: NASA

They put on board a ‘Golden Record’, a disc carrying music, natural sounds, and greetings in different languages, along with 116 images from Earth depicting scientific knowledge, human anatomy, human endeavours, and the terrestrial environment.

Bottle Into The Cosmic Ocean

Image: NASA

If any intelligent life in our galaxy intercepts the Voyagers and decodes the instructions provided, all they will know about our species and planet Earth, which might be long gone, will be perceived by these 116 images and sounds.

Message From The Maker

Image: GIPHY

Here are 26 images out of the 116 that are electronically placed in the Golden Record onboard the two Voyager spacecrafts.

Image: NASA

The solar location map of Earth in the galaxy

Image: Frank Drake

The image of Earth

Image: NASA

A photograph showing Egypt, the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula and the Nile River

Image: NASA

A diagram showing human DNA structure

Image: Jon Lumberg

Human Anatomy (Skeleton and muscles)

Image: World Book

Human Anatomy (Skeleton and muscles)

Image: Jon Lomberg

Photograph of a human fetus or offspring

Image: Dr. Frank Allan

Father and daughter (Malaysia)

Image: David Harvey

Children with a globe

Image: UN/DPI Photo

The sprinters (Valeri Borzov of the U.S.S.R. in lead)

Image: History of the Olympics, picture point

Night image of the United Nations building

Image: UN/DPI Photo

Rush hour traffic in Thailand

Image: UN/DPI Photo

Snake River and Grand Tetons

Image: Ansel Adams

Seashore, Cape Neddick, Maine

Image: Dick Smith

Snowflake over Sequoia trees with humans standing for size reference

Image: Josef Muench, R. Sisson

Dolphins jumping out of water

Image: Thomas Nebbia

School of fish with a diver

Image: David Doubilet

Waterholes with land animals

Image: South African Tourist Corp.

Mountain climber

Image: Gaston Rebuffat

Great Wall of China

Image: H. Edward Kim

Taj Mahal in India

Image: David Carroll

Construction scene with workers (Amish country)

Image: William Albert Allard

Aeroplane in flight

Image: Frank Drake

Sunset with birds

Image: David Harvey

Violin with music score (Cavatina)

Image: Cornell University

Astronaut in space

Image: NASA