Intergalactic Postcard

The space probe Pioneer 10, launched in March of 1972, is headed now in its retirement toward Taurus — falling through the cosmos on a journey of thousands of years before it reaches the neighborhood of stars in this stubborn constellation.

Pioneer 10 carries a golden, intergalactic postcard with a return address to the Earth, designed by Carl Sagan. I like to imagine a Taurean consciousness attempting to translate the scientific symbols.  What sign does Earth sit within from their perspective? Perhaps Scorpio, or perhaps something we can’t quite yet translate.

The return address is based on the nearest pulsars to Earth, a sign all its own:


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