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the image encoded in Microvenus also represents some of the anatomical detail left out of the female figure on the Pioneer plaque, omitted out of a fear that a more accurate image might lead the perhaps puritanical NASA bureaucracy to block the addition of the plaque. While Carl Sagan has said that in retrospect this fear may have been unfounded, we ended up sending not just an image of the human form, but a very specific image of what we find “acceptable.” If this is how we communicate with aliens, what does it mean about us?
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