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Alien Post #3

One thing that’s important to do, is to stop, step back and look at things from a different perspective. Right now, as I write this, Voyager 1 is approximately 127.05358941 AU away from us. That’s roughly 127 times farther from Earth than the Sun is.

Recently Voyager 1 made headlines when it became the first man made object to leave the solar system. Our first foray into interstellar space.

Houston, we’ve left home…

In a couple billion years when the sun swells up and reduces Earth to ashen particles, we’ll probably all be gone.

Voyager 1 however, will continue. It’s our best guaranteed legacy. Voyager (1 and 2) is the only thing we’ve got to show for after 200,000 or so years of being around as “intelligent” humans. It’s all we’ve sent out to the cosmos to give any indication that we ever were here at all.

Imagine, many aeons into the future, unimaginably far away…

Somewhere on the far side of our galaxy or universe perhaps, imagine someone - a scientist. On their radar comes a signal. It’s telling [him/her/it?] that this blip on the radar isn’t a typical asteroid. looking through a telescope, this person realizes that this isn’t anything natural at all. Seemingly, it was an intelligently made object flying toward their planet.

Media explodes. The entire planet, torn by wars between classes, nations, and creeds suddenly unites. Their fear and anticipation brings them to await the arrival of this strange foreign satellite.

United, their resources are pooled and they send a team of international representatives, elites. It’s the first time they’ve had a unanimous, international team working for a common good. In low planetary orbit, they catch Voyager as it drifts by.

It’s old they realize. It’s been battered by aeons of space debris. Inside however they find a finely preserved golden record with strange languages and symbols etched on.

One however, they realize is a language not foreign to them at all. Through the mathematics they analyze, they eventually find that the record indicates it’s origin. The cosmic address it says is, “Earth, Solar System, Orion’s Arm, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Cluster, Virgo Supercluster.”

In hysteric excitement the scientists of this planet stop designing super weaponry and together decrypt the coordinates, the point of origin. It’s home - our home.

Together the people of this planet build a telescope and point directly at our cosmic address, searching for the aliens that sent them this archival satellite.

In a mixture of relief and sadness, they see the remains of a long dead star - our sun. Its remains scattered in the stellar void in the form of a glowing nebula. There are no more planets there. There’s no sign of life. In the place where humanity, where we once lived, loved, loathed and learned there’s nothing left, but the spectrum emitted by our long lost sun.

Feeling the wrenching solitude of being alone again, they turn to decrypting the rest of the sounds on the record.

"Hello from the children of planet Earth!" in one language…

"Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space." in another…

"Greetings from a computer programmer in the little university town of Ithaca on the planet Earth" in yet another…

The sounds of a heartbeat from a woman in love. A mother’s first words to her baby. The laughter of children. Music spanning many styles.

At last, the leader: “We cast this message into the cosmos … Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some – perhaps many – may have inhabited planets and space faring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message: We are trying to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of Galactic Civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.”

Amazing! The people of this planet think. Despite the incredible diversity of the alien planet’s inhabitants… they seem to have been peaceful, hopeful and beautiful.

I like to imagine in the far future that maybe one day Voyager 1 or 2 will embody and bring the legacy of the human dream somewhere far away. Our ambition for greatness, the passion for knowledge, the proclivity towards empathy and our love of life.

The wisest people of this planet will perhaps deem it likely that these people of Earth, these aliens overcame their differences and rose to a temporary prominence in what they had before thought unachievable ideals of society.

Consider how this perspective will affect the evolution of their planet.

This is the dream of Voyager 1 and 2 - the dream of Earth.

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