Images that were sent with Voyager 1

Imagine that there was a time–a mere 35 years ago–where a scene such as the one below was so socially acceptable, that the world’s scientists believed that it was worth showing to another species, should they ever be encountered.

On Voyager 1’s data disks, sent as an introduction of the human species.

Today, such a scene might be considered fraught with cultural and political peril. What would a parent or a teacher think should they see this simple act of teaching how to write?

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