• Michelle Hebert

Scientists change stance on contacting aliens

Frank Drake, an American astronomer and a famed alien hunter, helped create maps for aliens to find the earth in the 1970’s. In that year, NASA was very optimistic about what alien life would be like on earth, but now the optimism isn’t present.

Drake stated in National Geographic, “In those days, all the people I dealt with were optimists, and they thought the ETs would be friendly,” and “nobody thought, even for a few seconds, about whether this might be a dangerous thing to do.” Now many scientists think the idea of contacting extraterrestrials is a bad idea.

According to the Daily Mail, “Dr. Drake worked with NASA to design charts placed aboard Pioneer 10 and 11, launched in 1972 and 1973,” and “similar maps were placed on NASA's 1977 probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.”

The maps displayed a man and a women who were placed beside a basic map plotting the position of earth, and “Voyager was fitted with ‘golden records,’ which can be played to reveal natural sounds and even images from Earth,” according to Fox News. “We needed to put something on the Voyager that said where it came from, and how long it was traveling,” Drake’s father told National Geographic.

“Pioneer 10 and 11 as well as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes,” all had the maps that Drake created on them; “all four of these spaceships have now left the solar system and are heading through deep space,” according to Fox News.