On March 2, 1972 NASA launched the Pioneer 10 space probe on a mission to provide data on the planet Jupiter, which it had reached by late 1973. Pioneer 10 has the distinction of being the first manmade object to leave the solar system, which it did in 1983 after crossing the orbit of Neptune (that’s not anti-Pluto bias, mind you, Pluto’s orbit was closer to the sun than Neptune at the time). Pioneer 10 was passed up by the much faster Voyager probes in 1998, so it is no longer the farthest manmade object from earth…. but being first got it that nifty plaque you see above which was suggested by the legendary Carl Sagan. Any intelligent life which sees that is going to blow our asses up with their Death Star faster than you can say “Uranus Attacks!”
Now let’s come back down to earth and answer this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!
Did you attend Sunday School at your local church as a child?
Despite both of my parents coming from religious families (Catholic and Baptist), we did not go to church, and thus no Sunday indoctrinization. As the firstborn, I apparently was baptized, though maybe they were just trying to drown my ass instead…
Did you attend after school classes ie. drama, sports, as a teenager?
I was as antisocial as possible in high school and thus steered free of extracurricular activities…….. at least until the last semester of my senior year. The teacher over the quiz bowl team (We called it Scholar Bowl, which sounds extremely haughty) was the lunchroom monitor for my lunch period the semester before and noticed I always read a book after I finished eating (which was my reading assignments…. I almost never did homework at home), and figured I must be smart or something and persuaded me to try out. So I did that, which of course led me to a much more prominent quiz bowl experience that I’m sure you’re sick of me talking about by now….
Did you go to evening classes after you had left school?
If by evening classes you mean late night education from Mecca….. then yes, I’ve been taking those classes for 25 years now.
Do you now belong to any groups/meetings
No, no, NO!!!! Unless we’re talking virtual groups like the WordPress community and other message boards I’ve hung out on…
Gratitude: Every day is a gift to share
Buster knows all too well….
yes… buster knows that … LOL
Buster’s gone through it more than Bill Murray…
Poor Buster – can’t seem to get past the gates – in either direction!
He needs to start thinking about getting a religion with an afterlife that’s favorable to possums…
Yes, I went to Sunday school. Catholic and a real drag. I was a busy bee in high school – a sport every season plus the usual yearbook, acting, etc. I am amazed at how far Pioneer and Voyager have gone. And I wonder how many millennia until some intelligent life finds them…
If the finder is truly intelligent, there will be a lot of laughing at it.
It lbe viewed as rather primitive!
Yeah, we have nothing on the ancient Egyptians when it comes to hieroglyphics…
The closest stars any of those space probes will pass are still about 40,000 years away, and the odds of there being intelligent life that close is pretty slim. We’ll likely be long gone before any life out there finds them…
Thanks for joining in again ES. Good answers. See you next time!!
YAY! Keep ’em coming!
Some days a visit from a Death Star might actually improve life on Planet Earth. Just saying.
Maybe a little Force choking would straighten things out…
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Once upon a time, we thought space was the “new” frontier. Now it’s where billionaires and other rich people go because they’ve outgrown roller coasters.
I say it’s a good place for them too!
Yes, but they come BACK. Now, if they STAYED there …
Your were on “Millionaire”? Who knew…
Dear Aliens, we are here. This is an illustration of our soft and easily-damaged bodies. Our planet is rich in resources which are running out fast, so don’t delay! We have little to no space defences. Yours respectfully, Humans.
Oh, our planet still has plenty of resources we haven’t figured out how to exploit yet! I’ll bet a death beam could get to all that good stuff deep within the earth’s core….