Geek Trivia

What Small Token Is Secreted Aboard NASA’s Juno Spacecraft?

George Takei's Thumbprint
A U.S. Presidential Pen
Ray Bradbury's Ashes
Aluminum LEGO Minifigs
The Phenomenon Wherein Fictional Characters Don't Age Relative To The Real World Is Called?

Answer: Aluminum LEGO Minifigs

Hidden under the layers of insulation blanketing the Juno spacecraft are three very special passengers: Jupiter, his wife Juno, and Galileo. If you’re wondering how they found the space to pack three passengers, the scale is important: the three of them are artfully rendered in miniature out of aluminum and fashioned to look like LEGO minifigs.

The figures were included with the probe as a nod to the heritage of the planet (both in namesake and discovery) the spacecraft is destined to study as well as inspire children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.