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A Time-Capsule Launched into Space for Aliens to Find When All the Humans Are Gone
The Atlantic ^ | 11-30 | Austin Considine

Posted on 12/04/2012 7:36:38 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

Billions of years from now, when the earth has erased all traces of our stay here, hundreds of dead satellites will remain in orbit around the earth. Along with these pictures.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: space; timecapsule

1 posted on 12/04/2012 7:36:47 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Billions of years from now, the Earth is going to be swallowed by an expanding sun, including all the orbiting crafts around it. Our only legacy will be the probes sent to more distant planets, or out of the solar system altogether.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 7:38:44 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Billions of years from now! I’m not sure we’ll make it through the next 4 years


3 posted on 12/04/2012 7:39:53 AM PST by woodenickel
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
And imagine in another 100,000 years (provided we are still around) when we have been constantly launching pictures, recordings and memorabilia into space for just as long. We will be considered the nuisance polluters of the galaxy and mocked for assuming that any aliens actually care about our junk.
4 posted on 12/04/2012 7:43:09 AM PST by apillar
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Just another haughty action that denies the existence of God.
5 posted on 12/04/2012 7:46:15 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
"Billions of years from now, when the earth has erased all traces of our stay here..."

Darn, I'm hope I'm not still around for that.

6 posted on 12/04/2012 7:47:46 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

If you become a ghost, and get eaten by an expanding sun, will it hurt? Whats the life span on being a ghost?


7 posted on 12/04/2012 7:49:47 AM PST by Lockbar (Quality factory loaded ammunition ---- The New Gold)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

At some point in the distant future, our species has learned how to travel backwards in time and is not yet recognized as being the time travelers of tomorrow. We don’t know why they would come back but possibly for the purpose of clearing the way for future time travel. How far into the future was it that the species perfected this ability? Are they coming back to earth from another part of the universe or are they still earth-based that far into the future?


8 posted on 12/04/2012 7:50:42 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Will Al Gore’s Carbon Credits be erased too?


9 posted on 12/04/2012 7:51:16 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

I guess these “Geniuses” have never read that satellite orbits decay over time...and all satellites in orbit around the Earth will come crashing down...eventually.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 7:51:32 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: apillar

Another thought is that aliens a lot closer to us saying, “Wow, these beings just sent us a menu, those two legged naked creatures sure looks tasty”


11 posted on 12/04/2012 8:02:30 AM PST by USAF80
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To: NELSON111
I guess these “Geniuses” have never read that satellite orbits decay over time...and all satellites in orbit around the Earth will come crashing down...eventually.

Low earth orbits decay. Others may not. Take the Moon for instance, it is getting further away and may someday get tossed off totally.

12 posted on 12/04/2012 8:18:27 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan
Low earth orbits decay. Others may not. Take the Moon for instance, it is getting further away and may someday get tossed off totally.

So 1969 was pretty much the optimum time to go. If we waited much longer.....

13 posted on 12/04/2012 8:22:33 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: coloradan
Billions of years from now, the Earth is going to be swallowed by an expanding sun

The solar system will pass a few hydrogen gas stations along the way. The computers may decide to re-fill the solar gas tank and use the bitroom.

14 posted on 12/04/2012 8:23:01 AM PST by Reeses
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To: NELSON111

My first thought too...


15 posted on 12/04/2012 8:24:57 AM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: NELSON111

Or will get trapped by an distant star’s orbit...eventually crashing into it....


16 posted on 12/04/2012 8:28:40 AM PST by RedMonqey (America: It was a good run.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

“Glork, look. we’re saved!”

“By Granthor’s hammer..you are right, Murmoo”

“Quick...toss that gold disk in the disgrontificator’s de-atomization chamber, so we can get home.”


17 posted on 12/04/2012 8:53:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: verga
So 1969 was pretty much the optimum time to go. If we waited much longer.....

It is ~43" further away now than it was in 1969. We should have gone in 10,000 BC. Then we could have used the Saturn IV.

18 posted on 12/04/2012 9:11:32 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

Satellites in geo-synchronous orbit are there for 100s of thousands of years.

They all spin around the earth in the same direction. One of the future threats of islam is that they could launch a load of shrapnel in geo-synchronous orbit going the wrong way which would quickly destroy every satellite in that orbit with no hope of using it ever again.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 9:32:33 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

They should launch a complete copy of the ObamaCare bill and all associated regulations along with a Pelosi translation script.

Who’d think in billions of years, there would be a silver lining. It and she will be long gone.


20 posted on 12/04/2012 9:39:45 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Leftists really put their hopes into socialized medicine and global warming to kill us all off. Hopefully we can disappoint them.


21 posted on 12/04/2012 9:57:23 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

There is an episode of the original Star Trek, called All Our Yesterdays, in which people who lived on a mostly cloudy world did not figure out space travel until it was too late to save themselves from their sun, about to go supernova.

However, they *had* figured out time travel, so their solution to their predicament was to send their entire population back to earlier ages of their planet, after adapting them to live in those earlier times, so they would fit in. As a plot device this was necessary, that unless their minds were modified they would die; or else they could alter their past so that they did develop space travel.

Since significant space travel is so difficult, and the distances involved so great, this impresses me as a not unreasonable solution.


22 posted on 12/04/2012 10:09:31 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: SampleMan
Take the Moon for instance, it is getting furher away and may someday get tossed off totally.

When that happens it will of course be blamed on George W. Bush.

23 posted on 12/04/2012 10:58:23 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: RadiationRomeo
They all spin around the earth in the same direction. One of the future threats of islam is that they could launch a load of shrapnel in geo-synchronous orbit going the wrong way which would quickly destroy every satellite in that orbit with no hope of using it ever again.

Covering the orbital swath (thousands of square miles) with enough shrapnel to have a one in a million chance of hitting a satelite would be very tough. Don't sweat this one.

24 posted on 12/04/2012 12:05:02 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Mr Atoz and the Atavachron...


25 posted on 12/04/2012 12:11:40 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: Lockbar

Casper has feelings too


26 posted on 12/04/2012 1:16:21 PM PST by Dominic01 (Political correctness has become a psychosis)
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