Our Message to Aliens

Back in the early 1970s, the Pioneer space probes were launched into space to study Jupiter, Saturn, and the farthest reaches of the Solar System. Attached to the probes are the 'Pioneer Plaques', gold-anodized aluminium plates containing symbolism which is designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft, 'just in case' another civilization ever came across them. Designed by SETI pioneer Frank Drake and Carl and Linda Sagan, the plates portray two human beings of either sex, as well as other pertinent information:

Pioneer plaque

In recent years however, many scientists have expressed their concern about the possible danger in 'reaching out to aliens' via projects such as Active SETI. Just last year Stephen Hawking speculated opinion that advanced aliens might well use up all the resources of their home planet, and "become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

With that in mind, here's a revisioned plaque for any future space probes. Head to the link to check out the plaque in all its awesomeness, but to give you a hint, it contains this:

Our New Message to the Aliens

I feel like Nadir’s drawing is the sort of Pioneer Disc that Stephen Hawking would send out—and what a great movie that would make. Picture this: A galactic federation receives threatening boasts of superiority from probes sent out from across the galaxy, and prepares for the worst. At the climax of the film, they find out that a scared man in a wheelchair was behind it all. That’s Twilight Zone shit right there. I want movie rights!

Bring it!


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nycjeff's picture
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I'd like to see that on a t-shrit

red pill junkie's picture
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Despite the occasional Dawkins man-crush, this is a really awesome web-comic. Added to my bookmarks :)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

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I agree, any species evolved enough to travel the stars certainly does not deal with scarcity. A scared man indeed.

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Ahh yes, we must hire Lobo


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