V’ger, we are the Creator

CNN reports on a 1600 pound piece of tin with no memory, whose fictional younger sibling is the star of a movie:

Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977, 16 days apart. As of Thursday, according to NASA’s real-time odometer, Voyager 1 is 11.7 billion miles from Earth. Its sibling, Voyager 2, is 9.5 billion miles from our planet…Voyager 1 is being hailed as the first probe to leave the solar system…The probe will fly near a star in about 40,000 years…Both Voyager probes carry time capsules known as “the golden record,” a 12-inch, gold-plated copper disc with images and sounds so that extraterrestrials could learn about us…Voyager 1 has only 68 KB of memory on board

Half a billion years ago, complex creatures suddenly appeared on earth, with no antecedents in the fossil records. You can read more about that here. What caused the change is a mystery. For our part, we wouldn’t be surprised if a large monolith was responsible.

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