From left to right: Galileo, Juno (Roman goddess) and Jupiter (Roman god) are embodied in Lego on the Juno spacecraft

What is the weirdest thing sent to space?

Over the years we’ve blasted some strange objects into the night sky.

From left to right: Galileo, Juno (Roman goddess) and Jupiter (Roman god) are embodied in Lego on the Juno spacecraft

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My favourite is probably the brainwaves of Ann Druyan. This was a recording made on an EEG machine and was included on the golden records that were sent to space aboard Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977. Ann Druyan is a science writer and TV producer who was part of the team responsible for choosing the sounds and music that went on the record.

During the recording, Druyan had a list of topics to think about, including the history of Earth, the difficulties affecting human civilisation and what it is like to fall in love. The Voyager program cost £600m but the brainwave recording was effectively free. My second favourite is the Lego minifigure of the astronomer Galileo, which arrived at Jupiter aboard the Juno spacecraft.


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