Skip to comments.Space Probes Sent by Aliens Could Arrive in Reverse. Here's Why.
Posted on 01/17/2023 10:02:28 AM PST by BenLurkin
Imagine if a robotic probe arrived in our Solar System, sent by an ETC. They detected us and sent their probe to introduce themselves and learn more about us.
Then imagine our sensors detect another incoming probe from the same place as the previous one. Imagine our surprise when we retrieve it, and begin to study it, only to find that it's not as advanced as the previous one and contains older information and messages than the first one.
That's exactly what might happen, according to Graeme Smith. Smith is a professor and an astronomer at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California.
Smith points out that sending probes on journeys of such extreme distances means the first one received wouldn't be the first one that was sent. As technology advances, we can expect probes to become faster. Eventually, a probe launched later than its predecessor would overtake its predecessor and reach the destination first.
The first probe [sent] might not even be interstellar, at least not on purpose. Our own Voyager probes can rightly be called interstellar probes, though that wasn't their intent. The same could be true for an ETC just embarking on a program of sending probes to other star systems.
"If an object sent by an interstellar ETC were to enter the Solar System, chances are it would not be a relic artifact that is perhaps analogous to a timeworn Voyager-like probe, but rather one might expect a vehicle of much greater sophistication, even if it were no longer functioning," Smith writes.
"As Hawking (2010) and others have drawn attention to, some potential consequences of such a first-contact event might be of serious concern for humanity."
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencealert.com ...
This isn’t science.
I believe it has been said that we should hope for intelligent life out there because there’s bugger all here on earth.
They could also come knocking and say we have not been responding to their probes. Do we want the extended planetary warranty?
How would we even know they were from the same place?...............
This concept shows up in Science Fiction, occasionally. Star Trek had both and episode and a movie based on it (”Space Seed” and “The Wrath of Khan”). It also features heavily in the “Galaxy’s Edge” series of books. Other examples probably also exist.
When they both are labeled “Made in qewpoiqmcxz9870352.,m” ...
The RAMA Series by Clarke.....................
Aliens love their Probes
So you get probed by the younger probe before you get probed by the old probe.
This is a twilight zone episode with Robert Lansing as an astronaut who returns to earth an old man.
Most astronomers are looking for alien life in all the wrong places.
Advanced civilizations would disguise themselves as background radiation or primitive biology.
It would be foolish for them to disclose their existence to us until they choose to do so.
First probe to arrive: “We’re still waiting.”
Second probe: “Send more Chuck Berry.”
Speaking of reverse, I slept backerds last night and woke up yesterday morning and had to do the whole day over again
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.