Voyager 1

Hello Aliens!

You have found one of our Voyager spacecraft! Assuming that you would be highly intelligent, we included some instructions to use the disk that we attached to the two of them. It has 116 images about our species and our planet.

We hope our Earth is still there and that we are still  living on it.

We hope you come in peace and that the Earthlings will greet you peacefully.

Like a note in a bottle cast upon one of our beautiful oceans, we sent this out in the hope that you would find it. Things have changed since we sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 into space in what we marked as year #1977 (We’ll explain that system when you visit. It’s complicated.)

The Voyagers did a very nice job of exploring our outer solar system for the next ten trips our Earth took around our Sun. You are probably laughing (We really hope you have a good sense of humor.) about the technology on board the spacecraft.  It has only been 38 more trips around the Sun and we are laughing about the 8-track tape memory system and onboard computers. We carry communication devices now (currently called “smartphones”) that are thousands of times more powerful than Voyager’s, but it was the best we had back then. Look how far we have come in that area!

Our little Voyagers kept on going and gained enough velocity from Jupiter’s gravity to eventually escape the pull of our favorite star (“Sun”) and we expected them to orbit the Milky Way for a long time.

And they did. And you found one of them.

The “Golden Record” made of copper (A resource that we have on Earth. We wrapped it in aluminum, another resource.) that we attached to the Voyagers (Records were a popular way of sharing music files back in 1977.) has a message from a popular astronomer of the time, Carl Sagan, and a collection of sounds and images that we thought would still have relevance and maybe even outlast all humans and human artifacts on our planet (Earth is the third one from the Sun).

The Sounds of Earth” by NASA

We etched on the record cover symbols explaining how to decode the record and we assume (Earthlings do this a lot.) that you will be able to interpret those. Honestly, they don’t even make sense to me, but you are much more intelligent. If you’re reading this blog post written in the popular Earth language of English (But we have a whole bunch of languages we use. It’s complicated, so we included spoken greetings in more than 50 languages on the record.), then the code should be easy to crack. Another Earthling blogger (It’s complicated.) put some explanations online that you can look at to help explain the code –  assuming the technology works and you have a mouse or selecting device.

The Sounds of Earth Record Cover - GPN-2000-001978.jpgThe Sounds of Earth Record Cover”  by NASA

Now, just in case you found this post but didn’t find the Voyager disk yet, I have included a video file here that the other Earthling made that shows the images we included about some of our scientific knowledge, human anatomy, human endeavors, and the terrestrial environment along with music from around the world.

The video maker used the song (a piece of music) “Dark Was the Night” by Blind Willie Johnson which was made in year #1927 and Mr. Sagan included because he thought  it was “haunting and expressive of a kind of cosmic loneliness.”  I was hoping they would include music by The Beatles (a group of four male musicians of our species) who produced a lot of music that I like but I read that though The Beatles (no connection to the insect species by that name – it’s complicated) wanted to contribute their song “Here Comes the Sun” but couldn’t secure permission from their record company. This is what Earthlings refer to as both “corporate bullshit” and also a “bummer.”

If you missed the Voyagers, I’m happy to report that currently (year #2015) they are still communicating with Earth and we expect they will have power for about 10 more Earth years. Voyager 1 became our first spacecraft to enter interstellar space in year #2012, and Voyager 2 is currently traveling through the outer layers of the heliosphere. In another 40,000 years, they will be closer to another star than they are to our Sun. This is something we consider very interesting and cool (no relationship to heat, in fact, cool things are often also hot. We’ll explain when we meet you.), although we can’t really grasp in our brains what that is all about.

We have sent a lot of other hardware out towards interstellar space (there are a bunch named “Pioneer”) but the Voyagers are the ones we really hoped you would find.

Thanks for reading this. I wish I could have met you, but my trips around our Sun are rather limited before I power down.