May 19, 2010

Uh-Oh!

Voyager 2 may have been hijacked!

Hartwig Hausdorf, a German academic, believes that the reason Voyager 2, an unmanned probe that has been in space since 1977, is sending strange messages that are confusing scientists, is because it has been taken over by extraterrestrial life.

Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been sending streams of data back to Earth for study by scientists, but on April 22, 2010, that stream of information suddenly changed.

Nasa claimed that a software problem with the flight data system was the cause but Mr Hausdorf believes it could be the work of aliens.

This is because all other parts of the spacecraft appear to be functioning fine.

He told the German newspaper Bild: "It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth.

Voyager 2 carries a disk with greetings in 55 languages on it in case the craft encounters other life forms.

Dr Edward Stone, a scientist on the project, said the desk, called the Golden Record, is "a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials.

"The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."

May I quote General Order Twelve? "On the approach of any vessel, when communications have not been established......"

Oh, never mind. That warning got ignored last time. Probably will this time, too.

Posted by Robert at May 19, 2010 09:22 AM | TrackBack
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You know... I've been thinking about Stephen Hawking's musings of late and wondering if it was wise to send road-maps to Earth on these deep space probes...

Of course I also saw Star Trek the Motion Picture and know what happens to Voyager in the 23rd Century...

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at May 19, 2010 11:12 AM

As soon as Persis Khambata shows up with her head shaved again, we'll know fer sure.

But OTOH, maybe the aliens didn't care for the disk full of Barry Manilow tunes and decided to take it out on the poor spacecraft.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at May 19, 2010 11:15 AM

It was a toss up whether to go with the VGER or the Khan reference. In the end, I decided on the latter because I prefer Saavik to the bald chick.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at May 19, 2010 11:15 AM

I bet it's the work of the aliens equivalent of teenagers.

Posted by: rbj at May 19, 2010 12:06 PM
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