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Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-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.
The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim. Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. The 115 images are encoded in analog form. The remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Following the section on the sounds of Earth, there is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music, including both Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music. Once the Voyager spacecraft leave the solar system (by 1990, both will be beyond the orbit of Pluto), they will find themselves in empty space. It will be forty thousand years before they make a close approach to any other planetary system. As Carl Sagan has noted, "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet."
originally posted by: Ophiuchus 13
If a fast moving Cosmic/Dimensional fleet or cluster was detected entering the Milky way Galaxy & was found coming near the SOL system and there was a direct communications signal sent to EA*RTH in various EA*RTH languages asking for entry into EA*RTH space, what would be a non aggressive way for them to interact after first signals group sent?
If they requested:
A docking/parking location(s) where would you recommend they park-factoring in they have smaller craft that can leave docked location “M” ships from anywhere within the SOL system that could get them to the planet within minutes/ seconds.
Where would be a good parking recommendation location while awaiting to establish communications w/ EA*RTH inhabitants?
After reaching SOL system what activity or movements would be acceptable to EA*RTH standards to prevent any fear based responses from EA*RTH global military why they awaited response?
How close would they initially be permitted to come un-cloaked w/o causing fear, is the LUNAR moon or SOL too close?
Should all returning/visiting craft once within SOL system, be cloaked and place on non detection mode from EA*RTH inhabitants as well as any other present inhabitants within SOL system? And only be exposed to a selected group communicating directly?
What credentials would EA*RTH military request of them or what data would EA*RTH inhabitants request of them to lower fear levels, if any?
How should CONTACT be made from out there to here intelligently?
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Rosinitiate
But for the sake of argument... maybe these ETs have another definition of "free will". Maybe they think that the Universe, and Life, is deterministic in nature, and thus that no one truly has free will. Thus, that meeting us will not violate free will.
originally posted by: Boscov
a reply to: Ophiuchus 13
We should meet them on Mars. Also, we should ask them to assist us with colonizing Mars as a joint operation. They might appreciate our willingness to make Mars a scientific outpost where we can live, work, and seek peaceful integration.
I would suggest their fleet to be near the asteroid belt for teaching us to use asteroids for resources instead of depleting our own.