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(CNN)   Pioneer 10's last signal received after 31-year, 7.6 billion mile trip.   ( divider line
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2003-02-25 11:42:16 PM  

The attack of peer is coming!
2003-02-26 07:11:16 AM  
Sounds like London taxi drivers.
2003-02-26 07:13:14 AM  
Sad? Should have been obvious
2003-02-26 07:14:23 AM  
NASA made something that doesn't explode
2003-02-26 07:15:52 AM  
Call me stupid, but what kind of radio signal travels "at the speed of light"?
2003-02-26 07:15:53 AM  
I read in National Geographic recently that the Milky Way contains some 100 billion stars and the universe contains some 100 billion galaxies.

Now, think about that when you're high.
2003-02-26 07:18:35 AM  
Why did they choose to send it to Aldebaran? Don't they know who lives there?

When the Byakhees start to swarm, don't say I didn't warn you!
2003-02-26 07:18:43 AM  
NuckleheadED: Behold the true power of CNN. They can break the laws of physics and report the news as it truely is.
2003-02-26 07:18:44 AM  
Residents of the Aldebaran star system surrender.
2003-02-26 07:18:47 AM  
NuckleheadEd: Uh... all of them, the speed of light depending upon the medium?

light == radio == electromagnetic disturbance
2003-02-26 07:19:04 AM  
"It will take 2 million years to reach it"

really, why bother?
2003-02-26 07:19:40 AM  

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving,
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
Are moving at a million miles a day,
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the Galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Our Galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars
It's 100,000 light years side to side,
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick
But out by us it's just 3,000 light years wide
We're 30,000 light years from galactic central point,
We go round every 200 million years
And our Galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding Universe.

The Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whiz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know,
12 million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth.
2003-02-26 07:20:56 AM  
Thanks, Stymie, but I think I'll pass.

Yeah, it's obvious -- I mean, Springsteen had it right when he said "Everything dies, baby, that's a fact," but when I was a kid, I thought Pioneer was wicked cool -- that, and the space shuttle program. I always wondered what the reaction would be here on Earth if someone -- or something -- heard the signals and decided to send one back. Actually, I still wonder about that. It doesn't keep me up nights or anything like that, but . . . every now and again, when I see a story like this, I remember how I felt hearing stories about space exploration as a child, and it makes me smile.
2003-02-26 07:21:04 AM  
I'm impressed with any space probe that has been travelling for longer then I've been alive and still works.
2003-02-26 07:22:39 AM  
Stymie - it just means that when I get around to conquering the universe, the lesser planets will have to make do with small entries in my universal database. Such as "Mostly Harmless".

I conclude: Douglas Adams got baked a lot when he was young.

(yea yea, just as soon as I crack this 'individual immortality' problem)
2003-02-26 07:24:27 AM  
Monty Python!!!

they rule...

seriously though, i think it's a bit sad that people don't seem to care so much about this kind of thing... people just seem to be apathetic to the exploration of space, which baffles me completely... Personally, it's where our future as a race lies... obviously, once we've sorted the mess we've got down here out first...
2003-02-26 07:24:56 AM  
Different spacecraft...but this should still be obvious:
[image from too old to be available]
2003-02-26 07:25:10 AM  
Aldebaran? 2 million years? That is if the Empire doesn't destroy it first.
2003-02-26 07:25:59 AM  
So when does the Wrath of Khan start? Oh wait.. wrong movie..
2003-02-26 07:26:37 AM  
"Pioneer 10 carries a gold plaque engraved with a message of goodwill and a map showing the Earth's location in the solar system."

Man, that's come back to bite us in the ass in two million years or so.
2003-02-26 07:27:24 AM  
ARRRGH going to come back. too farking early...
2003-02-26 07:27:47 AM  
Damn, Nearbystars, you beat me to it!
2003-02-26 07:27:54 AM  
They should have booby trapped it with explosives. Then, any aliens who intercept it will learn not to mess with us humans.
2003-02-26 07:28:48 AM  
yeah, i felt robbed when i found out that we weren't gonna be living on the moon and stuff in my lifetime. I guess thats what watching sci-fi as a kid does to you... it's mad that people in the 60's honestly thought that by 2000 we'd all be dressed in tin foil and eating pills instead of food whilst flying to one of jupiters moons for a day out...

that would be SO cool...
2003-02-26 07:31:24 AM  
Hail the mighty Pioneer 10, may its memory live in human history for aeons to come. To have shown the path for the rest of us to follow, I raise my red wine and say a silent prayer for the little silent machine.

For the little Gold Engine that could, there is one who will remember

2003-02-26 07:31:27 AM  
Glad I wasn't the only one to catch CNN's version of Physics.
2003-02-26 07:32:47 AM  
Jay_vee: no, you cannot have my liver.
2003-02-26 07:34:18 AM  
What we need is a new space race. Nothing like exploration to keep the spirits alive.

Forget the war and send some people to Mars.

Studying rats in outer space is boring.
2003-02-26 07:35:27 AM  
This is the kind of project that NASA needs more of.
2003-02-26 07:35:32 AM  
MachuPichu - have you ever been to Machu Pichu?
2003-02-26 07:35:32 AM  

Yeah, the old sci-fi shows were awesome, but remember . . .

"Soylent Green is people!"
2003-02-26 07:36:08 AM  
last signal recieved: "send more beer"
2003-02-26 07:37:51 AM  
I can only think of V'ger when it comes to a probe like ours leaving our solar system, coming back and creating havoc for us for some strange reason. hehe

2003-02-26 07:41:13 AM  
The article didn't mention the Oort cloud, a giant shell surrounding the solar system made up of the basic materials and giving birth to comets and such. The cloud represents the point at which the Sun's gravitational influence is too small to have any effect, P10 must be well within it by now.
2003-02-26 07:42:29 AM  
Froggy: Well, I'll be! You're right. Guess I should have looked it up before I asked.
2003-02-26 07:44:35 AM  
for I'm as freeee as a bird now
and this bird you cannot chaeyaeyaeynge
2003-02-26 07:45:17 AM  
2003-02-26 07:46:34 AM  
And that final message was. "Can you hear me now?" to which NASA scientists decide to ignore hoping that annoying putz will just go away.
2003-02-26 07:49:42 AM  

Damn!!! it's been AGES since i saw that!!! heh heh... actually i've been trying to remember the name of a really good Sci-fi film with sean connery in it as a sherif on a space station where miners are being illegal drugs which is turning them into crzed murderers...

of course one of the greatest Sci-fis of all time has to be 'they live'....

*relapses into childhood addiction*
2003-02-26 07:50:40 AM  
Anyone read all the Rama books? Eheeee..
2003-02-26 07:50:40 AM  
Look back on life in the 60's, when they thought we'd be taking day shuttles to Mars. Look at US life, social values, morality, technology, etc. See how different it was from that which we have today, and it's only been 40 years. Big jump, eh?

Now think back 140 in the 1860's in the US. In civil war with our own families, social values hugely different, people were split on the morality of slavery, our highest technology were probably Springfields or some other projectile weapon...maybe a submarine. See how much more of a jump we are from that today? Life is completely different. Different expectations, jobs, even life expectancies. Hell, most citizens weren't even paying a federal income tax; only the rich, if that. Huge jump.

Don't even dare to look back to pre-US days in North America, or pre-Columbus days in Europe. You'll find religions, laws, consumer needs, currencies, etc. that have passed away with the empires that died long ago. Remember the times in history before the invention of the gear? People from those ages wouldn't even recognize our current society as one, much less be able to adapt & function in it....probably ever.

Now, imagine how it's going to be 1000 years from now. None of us have a clue, nor could make an educated guess that would even be close. Probably less than 5% of the world factors that brought us to where we are today could've been predicted 1000 years ago. Globalization, military superpowers, nuclear energy, radio & television, microwave technology, space exploration, quasars, & quarks. These things could have never even been imagined by the most educated institutions in the world 1000 years ago.

Again, try to imagine what it'll be like 1000 years from now. I'd like to hear the guesses, serious & otherwise. But serious guesses are usually more fun
2003-02-26 07:52:28 AM  
I think that we'll all be living in silver cities on the moon.
2003-02-26 07:54:15 AM  
MisterSym:- I think it'll be raining, with a 70% chance of frost.
2003-02-26 07:56:14 AM  
Someone please photoshop Ellen Feiss (sp) saying "It was like beep beep be...."
2003-02-26 07:56:45 AM  
You realize that eventually we will develop some kind of inter-stellar drive fast enough to catch up with it and bring it back.
2003-02-26 07:57:15 AM  
Commander_Keen: Just for you:

"OUTLAND is a movie written and directed by Peter Hyams in 1981. Nomination for the Academy Awards in the Best Sound category. Io. Sean Connery is the new sheriff on this planet. He represents the law for the 2000 people working in the mines and extracting Titane. When he tries to understand why there are regularly strange suicides amidst the workers, he's soon asked to close his eyes and accept a bribe. Connery discovers that a synthetic drug is the cause of the numerous psychotic behaviours appearing more and more int the station. A classic. Adult science-fiction for once."
2003-02-26 07:58:20 AM  

most of our contries as we know them won't exist... that's assuming we have any society left and not blown up our planet or screwed ourselves in some other way due to global warming / asteroid collision, etc.

I think human nature probably won't change though... we'll still be as petty and partisan as we are now and were 4000 years ago...

2003-02-26 07:58:33 AM  
... and btw. I know frost and rain don't go together, but we're talking about the future here. Anything could happen.
2003-02-26 08:03:29 AM  
In 1000 years my ancestors will live underground in a world of perpetual darkness, luring surface dewellers into their caves in order to eat them.
2003-02-26 08:03:41 AM  

That Movie Was 'Outpost'...Is Was A Good Movie IMHO.


I've Been To Machu Pichu Back In 1991...And I Could'nt Even Try To Explain How That Experience Was,My Words Could Not Do It Justice.By The Time I Got To The Summit,The Sun Was Rising And It Was Beautiful.
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