'Star Trek' actor Shatner sends message to Voyager

September 5, 2017
A message of goodwill is being sent to the Voyager spacecraft, seen here in an artist's rendition released by NASA, on the 40th anniversary of its launch

NASA announced the winner Tuesday of a contest to send a message to the Voyager spacecraft which launched 40 years ago on a historic mission to explore the outer planets.

Star Trek actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, read the message from mission control in Houston, before it was beamed out to Voyager 1, according to a broadcast on NASA television.

"We offer friendship across the stars. You are not alone," said the message, written by Oliver Jenkins, whose Twitter handle is @Asperger_Nerd.

The contest launched by NASA aimed to find the perfect goodwill message—under 60 characters long—to commemorate the twin spacecraft that launched in 1977 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The spaceships explored Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and also carried gold records containing messages, songs and images from Earth in case of encountering extraterrestrial life.

Voyager 1 has traveled father than any human-made spacecraft, and made it to interstellar space, about 13 billion miles away from Earth, in August 2012.

Voyager 2 is on its way there too.

Explore further: NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

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baudrunner
3 / 5 (2) Sep 05, 2017
"We offer friendship across the stars. You are not alone,"
..they know. They've been messing with us for millennia.
Mark Thomas
not rated yet Sep 05, 2017
If the message is received by aliens, let's hope they are more like the Vulcans than the Borg. :-)
Whydening Gyre
Sep 05, 2017
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FM79
not rated yet Sep 05, 2017
You mean V'Ger :D
rrrander
1 / 5 (1) Sep 05, 2017
"Dear Voyager; when you launched, the world was better. Progressive leftists in Hollywood have ruined the new Star Trek TV show even before it has begun. Politically-corrected it to death. The movies stink as well, with a boring, white-bread captain with all the charisma of a kitchen pot. So Voyager, bon voyage."
carbon_unit
5 / 5 (1) Sep 06, 2017
Carbon Units ARE the Creator...

Not an infestation !!
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Sep 07, 2017
Carbon Units ARE the Creator...

Not an infestation !!

CU,
Thanks for the continuation. PO removed my comment for being "off-topic"...:-)
Apparently they did not see the 1st Star Trek movie in which Kirk (William Shatner version) made that very statement to V'ger...
Whydening Gyre
not rated yet Sep 10, 2017
Carbon Units ARE the Creator...

Not an infestation !!


Apparently they did not see the 1st Star Trek movie in which Kirk (William Shatner version) made that very statement to V'ger...

Actually, it was to the hot, bald chick V'ger was using as intermediary...

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