Lucy’s mission board communicates messages from the time capsule to future humans

The Lucy mission to NASA’s asteroid launched this weekend continues the deep space tradition of taking a commemorative plaque on a cosmic journey.

Scheduled to launch no later than Saturday (Oct. 16), the Lucy spacecraft is expected to shake up at least eight asteroids in its lifetime, and the plaque serves as a nod to space history with a twist. Rather than greeting aliens as predicted by previous NASA messages, Lucy’s image will serve as a reminder of the value of space exploration to the descendants of humanity.

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