On August 20, 1977 NASA launched the Voyager 2 probe into outer space. An ambitious mission, Voyager 2 was a continuation of the Voyager program, a program intended on giving scientist as much data about the furthest reaches of our galaxy.
And for thirty four year, Voyager 2 did just that- giving scientist pictures and data on our interstellar neighbors that they would have otherwise never gotten. Then, on April 22, 2010 everything changed.
The steady streams of data which had been sent by Voyager 2 for decades changed that day, confounding NASA scientist unable to figure out what exactly is wrong with the space probe. But German scientist Hartwig Hausdorf believes he may have figured out what is wrong with Voyager, and has decided to tell the world.
He believes that Voyager 2 has been hijacked by aliens and that the aliens are using the probe to relay messages back to Earth.
That's right... aliens...
"It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe – thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth," stated the scientist to German paper Bild, using the fact that there seems to be nothing else wrong with the space probe.
While one might want to maybe snicker at the out there allegations of Heir Hausdorf, he might have a point...
When originally sent on its mission, Voyager 2 was not only outfitted with the latest in 1977 high tech gadgetry but also brought with it a12 inch gold "record" with greetings from earth recorded n 55 different languages (ahem, including Sumerian) just in case Voyager happened to run into anyone out there.
Dr Edward Stone, a scientist on the project, said the disk, called the Golden Record, is "a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials..."
"The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."
Is there anybody out there...Not sure what's going on here, but as I was researching this story all I could keep thinking of was that Jodie Foster movie Contact, where she received messages from deep space encoded in the radio transmissions being looked for by SETI. Might these mysterious messages from voyager be something like that?? Or might it just be a malfunctioning space probe floating along out there.