THE FUTURE HAS A PAST – artefact No. 0

No. 0: Iechyd da i chwi yn awr ac yn oesoedd / Good health to you now and forever!

Artefact No. 0: a soundfile and a large fabric banner containing a frase.

This phrase welcomes you at the entrance. It is a phrase that flies through space, recorded on a golden disc on board the Voyager 1 spacecraft launched on the 5th of September 1977. The disk carries greetings in 54 other languages, to send a message to extra-terrestrials who might one day find the spacecraft as it journeys onwards. According to NASA: ‘We made a special effort to record those languages spoken by the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants. If we were able to accomplish that, and still had time, we would then try to include as many other languages as we could.’ The spacecraft’s next calculated big encounter with a star will take place in 40,000 years.