This is a sensationalistic headline, to be sure—but when we consider that no less a formidable mind as Stephen Hawking has warned us that life on other worlds just might be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonise,” maybe not that sensationalistic.
National Geographic explores the possibility that the map to Earth etched into the twin Voyager spacecraft might lead aliens right to our front door. You see, they were launched in the late 1970s, and by now both are in the outer-reaches of our solar system and beyond.
The possibility that extraterrestrials might find the maps—which provide the directions to Earth in the form of pulsar positioning —apparently wasn’t such a big deal back then. But now, since missions like Kepler have shown that there are plenty of planets in the universe that can sustain life…suddenly some people are having second thoughts.
It was pretty dumb of astronomers, scientists, and the general public to think we were the only forms of life in the universe—certainly, a subconscious holdover from a more traditionally religious era in human history in which God only had the inclination to create specifically us in a little petri dish.
And I do have to wonder if there isn’t just a LITTLE bit more info on possible extraterrestrials floating around in the data that would alarm those in the know enough to run serious articles about the subject in National Geographic.
At any rate…I would assume the damage is done by this point. Maybe we can figure out how to stop being massive assholes to each other here on Earth so we can band togehter and defend ourselves against the coming alien horde. Or not.