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Saturday, March 19, 2021

game over
What must those aliens be thinking? The above digital image was sent out into space during the dedication of the Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest radio telescope, way back in 1974. No return message has been received, although since the target is tens of thousands of lightyears away, we shouldn’t be expecting one for a while yet.

Here’s how to interpret this pixelated piece:

[F]rom left to right are numbers from one to ten, atoms including hydrogen and carbon, some interesting molecules, DNA, a human with description, basics of our Solar System, and basics of the sending telescope.

I’m looking at it, and I’m thinking it’s an early prototype for Robotron: 2084.

Still, considering it’s from 1974, it could have been a lot worse: They could have sent a Pong lookalike hurtling through the universe.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/19/2005 07:03:14 PM
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  1. If and when e.t. life ever finds the message, maybe they will discover disco and platform shoes, wide shirt collars, and wide lapels hidden in the message.

    Comment by mike81859 — 03/20/2005 @ 11:18:47 PM

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