hakan akcura <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date:09.Oct.2007 15:26Subject:Open inquiry and invitation to Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mr. Recep Tayyip ErdoganTo:
Fredrik Reinfeldt <email@example.com>, R. Tayyip Erdogan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Even though it is 30 years late, maybe…?
Open inquiry and invitation to Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt,
Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
USA launched the unmanned probes Voyager 2 on August 20, 1977, and Voyager 1, on September 5, 1977 and sent them deep into space. This is the 30th anniversary of this meaningful journey toward deep in space.
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-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. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.
“Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time,” says the translation of one of the greetings recorded on identical gold-plated phonograph discs mounted under engraved covers on the side of each Voyager. That message is in Amoy, a language spoken by millions of people in eastern China, and one of 55 languages included on the record.
“Greetings to our friends in the stars. We wish that we will meet you someday,” says a translation of the Arabic language greeting.
Some other messages don’t sound quite as eager about getting together. The one in Rajasthani, a language of northwest India, translates to “Hello to everyone. We are happy here and you be happy there.”
The English-language message among this set says, “Hello from the children of planet Earth.”
Voyager 1, launched on Sept. 5, 1977, has already become the most distant of all human-made objects. Every day, it flies another million miles ( 1.6 million kilometers) farther from the Sun. Voyager 2 is about 80 percent as far away as its twin.
They are still returning scientific information from the outer reaches of the Sun’s domain almost every day. Their durable electric power supply, generated from the heat of radioactive plutonium, will allow them to continue making measurements and radioing them home for about 20 more years. That may be long enough for at least Voyager 1 to still be operating when it passes the boundary between the solar wind from the Sun and the interstellar wind from death-explosions of other stars.
Even after the power supply runs too low to operate instruments and transmit data to Earth, the Voyagers will continue silently speeding away from the Sun and Earth. Many thousands of years from now, each will eventually become closer to other stars than they are to the Sun.
A committee headed by the late Dr. Carl Sagan of Cornell University chose what to put on the Voyager “golden record.” The group had only about six months to decide on the contents and to gather the recordings.
Some choices, such as the multiplicity of languages, suggest that the message is as much for Earthlings as for aliens. A single language would be easier for an unearthly intelligence to decipher, if one ever acquires the record. A diversity of tongues aboard a craft leaving the solar system emphasizes the shared global significance of the endeavor.
Besides the multilingual greetings, each record also has music, ranging from Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven to Melanesian panpipes, and from a Navajo night chant to a Beethoven symphony.
Other sounds of Earth on the record include both natural noises, such as a rainstorm and a chimpanzee, and human-created ones, such as a train and a kiss.
Pictures can be encoded into information on a record. The Voyager golden record 116 pictures. One document stored as an image is a greeting from Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time of the launch.
Part of Carter’s text says, “We cast this message into the cosmos. It is likely to survive a billion years into our future, when our civilization is profoundly altered and the surface of the Earth may be vastly changed. Of the 200 million stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some – perhaps many – may have inhabited planets and spacefaring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message:
“This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe.”
Swedish and Turkish language messages
When it was observed that the Turkish and Swedish messages were obviously recorded by the personal acquaintances of the committee and without officially contacting the governments of these countries…
Swedish language message translated to English is “Greetings from a computer programmer in the little university town of Ithaca on the planet Earth”.
Turkish language message translated to English is “Dear Turkish-speaking friends, may the honors of the morning be upon your heads”.
If one day these messages would find their counterparts and if they will be listened to, the Turkish and Swedish messages will be spoken with the content, accent and articulation I just mentioned.
What exactly do you think about these subjectively recorded messages and the way that the contents of these messages determined most probably by the people who read them?
I attached the greeting samples from other extinct and living languages, and can we honestly talk about the personal-national characteristics when we take place like this unserious manner within such a meaningful content?
How would you like the messages in your native language take place on this golden record instead of these messages?
I am a contemporary artist from Turkey and who chose to live in Sweden for the last 3 years.
On the 30th anniversary of Voyager 1 and 2’s launches, the only reason that I direct these questions about the quality and content of these messages to you as the currently office holding prime ministers of the native countries of these languages is related with who and what I am.
And of course, among all other languages only Turkish and Swedish messages were having this kind of extraordinary quality…
I invite you to record the answers of these questions vocally and have them sent to me, and then permit them to be exhibited –without any interference- with the original messages.
I sincerely carry the hope for both of you to hear my call in your busy schedule and will not be late to answer…
http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/index.html http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/goldenrec.html http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/languages/languages.html http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/languages/swedish.html http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/languages/turkish.html