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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:55 PM

Why the Aliens haven't called yet

In 1977 we, in a fit of suicidal hubris, sent out directions to our planet affixed to Voyager 1—complete with drawings of how plump and delicious we are.



Voyager was sent off toward interstellar space where friendly (of course) vegetarian (of course) aliens would find the probe and come to visit.

So why haven't we heard from the aliens yet?

Because 35 years later Voyager is still in our solar system.

And this, boys and girls, is why interstellar travel is not very practical. I was a mere kid when Voyager was launched. And as I move toward my golden years the thing is still in the cosmic driveway!

Star Trek: The Motion Picture takes place in something like 2300 AD. Voyager was found by a distant machine race, incorporated into a huge machine and steered back toward Earth.

Where did this machine race find Voyager? Alpha Centauri? Because I doubt the thing will have gotten all that far away by 2300.

Space is very, very large.

NASA Voyager 1 Hits New Region At Solar System’s End

We knew this day would come: NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, today still traveling away from Earth at a rate of 35,700 miles-per-hour, has entered into a new region of space at the end of the solar system, NASA announced on Monday.

“We believe this is the last leg of our journey to interstellar space,” said Voyager’s longstanding project scientist, Ed Stone, who has been in charge of the mission of the spacecraft and its identical twin Voyager 2 since their launches, in a statement published Monday by NASA. “Our best guess is it’s likely just a few months to a couple years away. The new region isn’t what we expected, but we’ve come to expect the unexpected from Voyager.”...

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/nasa-voyager-1-hits-new-region-at-solar-systems-end.php?ref=fpb

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:58 PM

1. We presume aliens will find us good to eat, but what if we are the Universe's crowning achievement

What if we are the most advance species in the Universe? Could be you know. It could be that all the rest are just jelly fish at best, that we are as smart as it gets. Shit, who knows?

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. if we are the Universe's crowning achievement.

What a depressing thought.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:14 PM

3. Who Says They Haven't?

The dude with the bad hair on the History Channel seems to think that they're already here. Or, at least going to reveal themselves in about 20 days.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:22 PM

4. "Suicidal hubris"? LOL. xD

Hey, it really is just a joke, right? Right?

In all seriousness, Voyager was just the tip of the iceberg compared to what we can do nowadays, I think.

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