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Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Have aliens hijacked Voyager 2 spacecraft
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IT left Earth 33 years ago, now it's claimed the Voyager 2 spacecraft may have been hijacked by aliens after sending back data messages NASA scientists can't decode.
NASA installed a 12-inch disk containing music and greetings in 55 languages in case intelligent extraterrestrial life ever found it.
But now the spacecraft is sending back what sounds like an answer: Signals in an unknown data format!
The best scientific minds have so far not been able to decipher the strange information – is it a secret message?
Alien expert Hartwig Hausdorf said:"It seems almost as if someone ha
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[edit on 12-5-2010 by 12m8keall2c]
As I detailed in Curiosity of Spirit, cosmic rays can have peculiar and devastating effects on electronic hardware. In most cases, like that of Spirit, a computer’s memory can be altered, perhaps even regions of it made unusable. I remember a meeting I was pulled into at GRC in 1992 or 1993. A recently launched military spy satellite had suddenly become effectively unresponsive. It continued to transmit, but its responses were unintelligible, and it didn’t appear to be receiving or reacting to messages transmitted to it. Ordinarily NASA wouldn’t be involved since it was a military project, but other agencies were apparently being cursorily queried for ideas as the satellite was soon going to miss a burn without which it might pose a risk to other satellites.
Originally posted by judgiebegoode
I find it very hard to believe that, after 30 something years, NASA hasn't had local software upgrades. I figure, being as far away as the voyager crafts have gotten, there has to be the occasional blip... but an entire collection of data corrupted by the inverse flip of a bit?! Come on, Windows Vista could handle the random incorrect flip of a bit... and we all know how that complained about nearly everything.
Perhaps, but I do not think that you're taking into consideration the time lag involved between terrestrial to off world transmissions, particularly to a craft that is well beyond any extraterrestrial satellites or relay stations we may or may not have beyond our orbit, so it is likely that there will not be any software updates taking place between us and the Voyager 2, not to mention the likelihood of any number of possible forms of interference that the craft could encounter in the medium of Space which we are still largely unaware of.
All things considered, one would have to conclude that whatever mishap the Voyager 2 encountered was not the result of some sentient life form.
Originally posted by GF3w3ww2
Maybe it just ran out of solar fuel and got lazy
Originally posted by Erasurehead
reply to post by thepainweaver
All fixed. It was a software error. Basically it flipped a bit. They send some commands to reset and it's good to go.