How would you send a "message in a bottle" to the universe? What would you say to an alien being who might one day find it?
The NASA Pioneer space mission launched two spacecraft in 1972 and 1973, each bearing a golden plaque. The images on the plaque explain to any alien being who might find it who we are, and where we come from. The illustrations were designed by Carl Sagan, and the nude images of the man and woman caused quite a bit of controversy at the time. Sagan was forced to alter the figures to make them more acceptable to the public...
The iconic figure has taken its place in human history and culture, and both plaques are currently in interstellar space on board Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11.
This full size metal replica of the original Pioneer plaque is laser etched and cut from golden anodised aluminium, and measures 23 x 15 cm (6 x 9 in) and is 1 mm thick. The image is engraved in very high detail. Even the bolt holes used to secure the plaque to the spacecraft are cut out. A fantastic gift for the space geek in your life, or for your space collection!
Made in Australia
Q: What's the difference between the "metal" and "laminate" replicas?
A: Both are full size replicas of the original Pioneer Plaque. The difference is in the material.
The metal anodised aluminium replica is made of a laser cut sheet of aluminium with a thin golden layer on top. When laser etched, it reveals the silvery-metallic colour underneath. The back side is also golden. It is 1.0mm thick.
The metal lacquered aluminium replica is made of satin gold coloured aluminium, laser cut, that engraves black. It is 0.8mm thick.
Please see photo for an illustration of the different materials.
The laminate replica is made of a type of acrylic plastic that has a black layer with a golden layer on top. When laser etched, it reveals the black colour underneath. The back side is black. It is 1.6mm thick and slightly flexible.
Q: How do I clean my Pioneer Plaque?
A: Be careful not to touch the face of the record as fingerprints do show up. To clean, use a soft, lint-free cloth (the kind used to clean eyeglasses is best). This is often enough, but if you need more then use some dishwashing liquid diluted with water. Do not use harsh cleaning materials like Windex.
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Jan 15, 2020
Item as described, so far so good.
Nov 27, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
The item is very well made! I did have some difficulty viewing the engraving from some angles due to the high reflectivity of gold material. It was an easy enough fix with some very fine grain sandpaper and black paint to darken the engraving. The seller was amazing and I look forward to ordering the Voyager Record, and completing my collection.
Feb 24, 2018
Great quality on this bit of space memorabilia, fast shipping also