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Pioneer’s Fool’s Errand

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This image was famously attached to the Pioneer spacecraft.  The idea was that if extraterrestrials happened upon the craft they would learn something about its designers.

After having listened to materialist arguments for many years, I must sadly conclude that NASA failed miserably here, having sent the spacecraft on a fool’s errand.  The materialists have insisted repeatedly in these pages that there are no objective indicia of design on the spacecraft from which an alien could distinguish the craft as a whole — or the image attached to it — from random space debris.  I don’t know about you, but I am outraged that NASA would squander hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds on such an obviously quixotic quest.



Barry Arrington @ 5
Why would Klingons fire on an object they cannot possibly distinguish from random space debris?
What can I say? Klingons like to shoot stuff. Bit like an interstellar NRA. Seversky
Hey News, Did you see this: https://phys.org/news/2018-10-chemistry-nobel-evolution-proteins.html ? How about this: http://nonlin.org/chemistry-nobel-2018/ ? Nonlin.org
LoL. Good one Barry. Mung
Sev, Why would Klingons fire on an object they cannot possibly distinguish from random space debris? Barry Arrington
It won't be completely useless. We know it's going to be used for target practice by a Klingon Bird of Prey. Seversky
There's been some spinoff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spinoff_technologies Antonin
Maybe the hexagonal cloud at Saturn's north pole is somebody's Euclidean answer to our Euclidean question. Tornados and hurricanes don't form permanent hexagons on their own. Considering that the plaque showed the spacecraft stopping near one of Saturn's poles.... http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/09/saturns-hexagon-could-be-an-enormous-tower polistra
Pioneer did useful work before it left the Solar System. The plaque and all were added at relatively low cost. The probe was going "where no man had gone before" based on the final trajectory when the fuel for the maneuvering rockets burned out. Putting the plaque on was just cute. I suppose NASA could have aimed it at something out beyond Pluto to crash into, but I understand we received otherwise unobtainable data about the "edge of the solar system" before the batteries to power the transmitters finally went dead. vmahuna

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