Being the area nerd that I’m, I typically think about a museum full of crucial objects ever despatched to area. We couldn’t probably construct a spot like this, however we are able to speculate as to which human artifacts deserve a spot in our imaginary spaceflight museum.
Most issues despatched to area are utilitarian in nature and at the moment are of little sensible worth, except they’re nonetheless functioning. Our artifacts could be discovered orbiting the Earth and Sun, sitting on the surfaces of planets and moons, and even flying by interstellar area.
Some of those relics are extra useful than others, and by “valuable” I imply from a historic, nostalgic, or scientific perspective. I’m not for an on the spot suggesting that we someway acquire these artifacts and promote them at public sale. They must be left alone and appreciated from afar. And after all, a great variety of these relics might by no means probably retrieved, at the least not with our present degree of know-how.
To give you this listing, I reviewed my favourite moments in area historical past—and consulted with astronomer Jonathan McDowell for something I could have missed.
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