Quote of the week

Voyager 1 has left the solar system, and as major achievements go, this one has its drawbacks:

Anyone else bothered by the fact that we sent a thing into space that contains a map to its origin planet and an open invitation?

“Hi, we’re a barely space-faring civilization that you could probably conquer and subjugate with your equivalent of a Boy Scout troop! Here’s a map to our home planet. Stop by anytime!”

Oh, they will.







9 comments

  1. Jess »

    13 September 2013 · 6:25 pm

    I don’t feel so alone any longer. That was my first thought, when they announced the Voyager mission.

    A really, really intelligent civilization would just laugh, come subjugate us, or study our demise.

  2. jsallison »

    13 September 2013 · 6:48 pm

    I for one welcome our alien ponylords. I would be more than happy to assist in rounding up the current administration and loading them into the feedvats.

  3. hatless in hattiesburg »

    13 September 2013 · 11:46 pm

    http://www.xkcd.com/1189 – and mouse over the image for an explanation

  4. CGHill »

    13 September 2013 · 11:54 pm

    Well, damn. I knew there was stuff out there I didn’t know about, but…

  5. hatless in hattiesburg »

    14 September 2013 · 12:15 am

    i think a few (possibly half?) of those are facetious, but i know i’ve heard that “voyager has left the solar system” claim in the news more than three times now…

    a bit more google-fu finds this:
    http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1189:_Voyager_1
    which links to this:
    http://www.arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/voyager-probes-key-transition-remains-mysterious

  6. fillyjonk »

    14 September 2013 · 9:28 am

    As jsallison alluded to….not all aliens might be bad. I would welcome Pony Overlords. (I THINK. Some days I’m not so sure about Celestia. Then again, I doubt she’d be putting together “nudge squads” to guilt us into buying healthful food.)

  7. fillyjonk »

    14 September 2013 · 9:59 am

    I’m also wondering if “intelligent” civilizations have been monitoring the television signals that allegedly go out into deep space, and decided on that basis that they don’t want anything to do with this planet, that even subjugated, we’d be way too annoying.

    And I think only signals from before 1980 or so have penetrated deep space by this point….

  8. Charles Pergiel »

    14 September 2013 · 2:44 pm

    Anyone who has escaped a gravity well isn’t going to want to go back down into one. Getting out takes too much effort. Might be willing to trade with the natives if they are willing to paddle out in their canoes. Mmmm, steaks, sure we’ll trade you this obsolete, worn out, prone to explode ray gun for oh, say, a boxcar load of steaks, and we aren’t particular what kind of animal they come from. We haven’t had fresh meat for what, Kornos?, the last thousand light years or so.

  9. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    15 September 2013 · 10:31 pm

    If we’re subjugated by a Boy Scout troop… will they help us across the street?

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