This golden record will likely never be found. But let’s say that billions of years from now some Jedi master comes across it in a galaxy far, far away. Is this going to make any sense? If an alien civilization is technologically advances enough to pick it up in space, yes, it should make sense. And if it decides that the Earth is ripe for conquest, fine. It’s not going to be the Earth displayed on this disc.
Because the disc doesn’t show how dangerous we can be. All the alien sees is a lot of little kids, and a lot of people eating. Really, what kind of fight are they going to put up. In the next mission, send out a copy of the movie “Independence Day,” even with all its flaws. That will take Earth off the alien visitation list.
This video, which was recently shared by I F—ing Love Science on Facebook, shows a snapshot of the human body from top to bottom in just 14 seconds. The images come from The Visible Human project, in which a cadaver was frozen, and then cut into 1,800 plus slices for imaging. The methodology is a little gruesome, but the result is the most complete top-to-bottom view of a human body that scientists and the public have seen.
Of course, this is Jupiter, in a high-res image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Makes me wish I’d stuck with my childhood dream of being an astronomer. Instead, I’m reading “The Martian” and going to every space movie there is.