1. Post #41
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    The solar system is shaped like a cell?
    Conspiracy
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  2. Post #42
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    And then, when we're least expecting it:



    all hail glorious v'ger
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  3. Post #43
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    We may someday lose signal, but we'll always hold its beeps in our hearts
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  4. Post #44
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    I'm petrified to imagine what would happen if this thing ever encountered an alien species that avoids our solar system for whatever reason, you know, the usual sci-fi crap but I love to think of it.
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  5. Post #45
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    This song started playing in my head while reading that.

    if earth had a common anthem, this would be it

    Edited:

    or
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  6. Post #46
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    When was there ever a depiction of an extraterrestrial on the Voyager craft?
    I think he was talking about my post.
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  7. Post #47
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    I don't think extraterrestrials would avoid us for us portraying them in ignorance. Hell, I'd love to see their depictions. Now THAT would be insanely awesome.
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  8. Post #48
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    Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic testatement that mankind exists.
    Until it hits a star :/

  9. Post #49
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    Imagine being on that right now
    All those miles away...
    Lonely and dead silent...and the best view in the solar system

  10. Post #50
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    Why is this photo on the golden record
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  11. Post #51
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    I'd like to think that some day we pick up a signal or encounter an alien species own voyager probe, that's be mega cool
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  12. Post #52
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    Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic testatement that mankind exists.
    I'm getting more of a "Earth starts with a starport and two scouts" vibe. I think I've played too much Sins or something.
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  13. Post #53
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    This is really interesting: http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/science/thirty.html
    Shows you how they deal with errors and how they deal with the continual power loss of the nuclear generators

  14. Post #54
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    Brings new meaning to the phrase "to infinity and beyond."

    Hopefully, Voyager won't end up in the Delta Quadrant.
    No, hopefully it doesn't crash on some planet and turn into a sentient space cloud that tries to destroy Earth in the 2270's.

  15. Post #55
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    Why is this photo on the golden record
    One of the scientists decided that this would be the ultimate prank on a friend

    "I sent your picture to aliens!"
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  16. Post #56
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    what about voyager 2, no one ever talks about voyager 2
    You mean why they don't talk about the top-secret Voyager 6 that everyone knows about now.
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  17. Post #57
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    One of the scientists decided that this would be the ultimate prank on a friend

    "I sent your picture to aliens!"
    Well, it shows the basics about how we get our food: we just buy it from stores. But, I agree with you guys, it's definitely not space-worthy.
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  18. Post #58
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    Well, it shows the basics about how we get our food: we just buy it from stores. But, I agree with you guys, it's definitely not space-worthy.
    Depends on how you view it, think of it this way, that transfer of knowledge implies an understanding of the concepts of stores, buying, and what our food is. How are they supposed to know that the writing shows numbers and prices? That it means buying? How do we know that another intelligent species will even have "stores" or any concept of money?

    It's not useful at all,
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    you're getting pretty heated over it
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    Depends on how you view it, think of it this way, that transfer of knowledge implies an understanding of the concepts of stores, buying, and what our food is. How are they supposed to know that the writing shows numbers and prices? That it means buying? How do we know that another intelligent species will even have "stores" or any concept of money?

    It's not useful at all,
    You just described what does make it useful. The golden record tells what we are. We can't explain everything in detail, so we just show a picture and let them figure it out. Compare it to cave drawings. It described the every day life a the dawn of mankind. It didn't contain blueprints on how in the world they build stonehenge. For an alien species, that picture will contain a wealth of information.
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  21. Post #61
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    Moving aside from the probe itself, think about all the radio transmissions to leave earth.. If any new species was to hear them.. they'd hear them in order of being broadcast, and assuming they have any understanding or means to translate our languages they'd hear about the atrocities committed during WW2 first..

    you think they'd want to continue listening?
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  22. Post #62
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    And now we wait for aliens.
    Aliens? Lets look at a dark quote by an esteemed astrophysicist.


    9:30
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  23. Post #63
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    The solar system is shaped like a cell?
    It's like how Earth's magnetic field is shaped by the the solar winds, the interstellar winds cause it to change shape.
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  24. Post #64
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    It's like how Earth's magnetic field is shaped by the the solar winds, the interstellar winds cause it to change shape.
    Nature has a way of repeating common features

  25. Post #65
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    Aliens? Lets look at a dark quote by an esteemed astrophysicist.


    9:30
    I am NOT a drooling, blithering idiot!
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  26. Post #66
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    Those pictures in the voyager may not say everything, but they still each 'speak a thousand words'.
    ~so deep~

  27. Post #67
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    good thing we didn't leave anyone in there

    that would be fucking terrifying even if you could get back safely

    the ultimate loneliness
    Yeah, this kind of thing always reminds me of this depressing comic:



    :(

    Seriously though, this is an awesome achievement.
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  28. Post #68
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    Achievement earned.
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  29. Post #69
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    Moving aside from the probe itself, think about all the radio transmissions to leave earth.. If any new species was to hear them.. they'd hear them in order of being broadcast, and assuming they have any understanding or means to translate our languages they'd hear about the atrocities committed during WW2 first..

    you think they'd want to continue listening?
    I would be more worried if the aliens didn't have a similar experience in their own history. I doubt that kind of behavior would be limited to humans only, no doubt it would be something that happens in history (amongst other species that is)
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  30. Post #70
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    something that's always amused me is the chance that an ultra-intelligant race of aliens does happen upon the voyager, and the disk inside, but has no idea how to read the data on it
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  31. Post #71
    You just described what does make it useful. The golden record tells what we are. We can't explain everything in detail, so we just show a picture and let them figure it out. Compare it to cave drawings. It described the every day life a the dawn of mankind. It didn't contain blueprints on how in the world they build stonehenge. For an alien species, that picture will contain a wealth of information.
    The thing is though is that we know when we look at cave paintings what's a man and what's a buffalo. The aliens could look at that bunch of bananas and decide we're a species of psychic yellow fruit - and that's if they can decode the photo in the first place.
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  32. Post #72
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    Does the Voyage have the human texts and stuff on it? Like what some of our probes have that have like text in 12 different languages, pictures of Earth and our solar system etc?
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  33. Post #73
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    good thing we didn't leave anyone in there

    that would be fucking terrifying even if you could get back safely

    the ultimate loneliness

    I guess there was a reason they sent it off with this.
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  35. Post #75
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    Moving aside from the probe itself, think about all the radio transmissions to leave earth.. If any new species was to hear them.. they'd hear them in order of being broadcast, and assuming they have any understanding or means to translate our languages they'd hear about the atrocities committed during WW2 first..

    you think they'd want to continue listening?
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  36. Post #76
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  37. Post #77
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    And now we wait for aliens.
    I for one welcome our impending alien slave-driving dictators.
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  38. Post #78
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    Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere
    Dude I was thinking the exact same thing.

  39. Post #79
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    It always makes me sad how Carl Sagan never got to see the release of this movie.
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  40. Post #80
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    It's funny, cause when people say "I've lost faith in all of humanity" they are either joking or being stupid. It is stupid to say shit like that when you look at the history of humanity and see all the cool stuff we've done, and this here my friends, this is just quite possibly one of the greatest achievements we have ever accomplished. This is truly spectacular, well done humanity.
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