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Leggo my Jupiter probe
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 08/05/11 7:10 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

This morning, NASA successfully launched its Juno probe, meant to explore Jupiter, the largest and most massive planet in the solar system. News coverage of the event today mentions the probe is carrying some unusual passengers this time, three Lego minifigures.

Made by Lego especially for the Juno mission, these figures are made of aluminum to withstand the extreme conditions of space flight and cost $5,000 each to make.

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One of the figures is Jupiter himself, the Roman thunder god, the second is Juno, the sister of Jupiter and namesake of the mission, and Galileo, who first observed Jupiter's moons. Galileo was also the name of the last probe NASA sent to explore Jupiter in 1995.

But, am I the only one who thinks including these Lego minifigures on the Juno probe might not be such a good idea?

What if the probe is intercepted some day by some alien space travelers, or it eventually lands on some other inhabited planet? Might not these extraterrestrials believe we really look like this, with hook hands, square feet and a knob on the top of our head which our removable hair helmet fits onto?

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