Well, NASA screwed up.
A while ago, American astronomer Frank Drake, with NASA’s help, designed some maps meant to lead aliens straight to us. Then he sent them into space.
Now that the four spaceships carrying the maps have all left our solar system, Drake is having second thoughts. Maybe sending aliens a direct map to our civilization wasn’t such a bright idea after all…
Apparently, Drake now fears that murderous, tyrannical aliens will use the maps to conquer earth and subject its inhabitants.
Stephen Hawking has stated that aliens could be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonize”. He’s also likened a potential meeting between earthlings and extra-terrestrials to the meeting between the Native Americans and Christopher Columbus.
In other words: book your spot for that moon colonization trip, because the aliens are coming, the apocalypse is at hand, and Earth is going down. Thanks a lot, NASA!
OK, everyone, let’s just take a chill pill. I honestly don’t think a chance encounter with advanced, bloodthirsty aliens needs to be on our radar at the moment. We’ve got enough problems on our hands dealing with just one planet.
They Probably Won’t Find Us
Also, the chance of aliens actually finding that map are pretty insanely slim. As Douglas Adams reminds us, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space”.
NASA has even admitted that the spacecrafts carrying Drake’s maps won’t reach any life-bearing planets within our lifetimes. So if there is going to be a massive alien invasion of Earth, we can shrug our shoulders and just let future generations deal with it. That’s comforting.
Also, assuming aliens even find the map, are they really going to know what it means? If they do know, will they be able to read it? If they can read it, will they have the resources to make it all the way across multiple solar systems to find us? And will they even think it’s worth the trip? That’s a lot of time, money, and resources, just to come enslave some petty earthlings.
I think we hold too high an opinion of ourselves. Aliens wouldn’t even want to come invade us.
So I’m not losing too much sleep over the extra-terrestrial threat.