An unintended “foolish” act by NASA may have made it easier for aliens, if they exist, to attack and conquer the Earth. This has been revealed by American astronomer Dr Frank Drake, who had worked with NASA to design maps that were placed in the robotic probes launched in the 70s. The probes have now reached the interstellar space.
According to National Geographic, NASA sent copies of the map to Earth on board Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the late 1970s. Dr Drake told his daughter, Nadia, that in those days the researchers needed to put something on the Voyager probes that could say from where it had come and for how long it was travelling. The probes are now travelling in the deep space with maps that could be “theoretically” unlocked by the aliens, helping them reach the Earth.
“If it’s ever intercepted and decoded by extraterrestrials, the map will not only reveal where to find our watery little world but also when the space probe that delivered it to alien hands left home,” Nadia writes for National Geographic.
Though critics have questioned NASA’s decision to send the maps in the outer space, Dr Drake said that at the time of the launch of the probes people were optimistic and didn’t debate over the “pros and cons of contact with extraterrestrial intelligence”. Dr Drake, however, said that the chances of the map reaching aliens is “very small”. He still believes that the Voyager may forever sail silently in the interstellar space.
Meanwhile, scientists are developing a deep space habitat for NASA that would keep astronauts safe during long-duration missions by providing critical communications, life support and autonomous navigation, PTI reported on July 27. It said that US-based aerospace company Lockheed Martin is prototyping the deep space habitat for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.