The black scientist and that "Nazi" voice in space

The black scientist and that "Nazi" voice in space

African-American expert Ed Massey watched over Voyager 1 and 2 launched in 1977 by NASA and bearing golden discs with the words of Kurt Waldheim

The Voyager space probe on a research mission since 1977 for NASA
The Voyager space probe on a research mission since 1977 for NASA

The voice of a former Nazi leader intended to travel toeternity in sidereal space, all thanks to a scientific project with a symbolic meaning today, precisely to the extent that it was ironically headed by a black man for a long time.
The paradoxes of history, if we admit their disenchanted observation, sometimes propose curiosities and events that not even the most fervent fantasy and the most extreme imagination would be able to translate into reality.
We are not talking about cinema, of course, about the funny comedy "Fascists on Mars”, signed by Conrad Guzzanti in 2006, or the more recent independent film "Iron Sky”, directed by the Finnish director Thyme Vuorensola and presented to the Berlin Film Festival of the 2012, but of a more than real story.

Memory must necessarily run to the extraordinary and fascinating epic of the probes Voyager II and Voyager I, launched respectively into orbit the August 20th and 5 September 1977 da Cape Canaveral to closely investigate the most inscrutable planets of the solar system and to venture into interstellar space, far beyond the border of theheliopause.
Traveling at approx 17 kilometers per second, the two Travel they are the man-made objects that have moved the furthest away from the planet Terra: 17 February 1998, 2:10 in the morning, the first of the probes in fact exceeded the distance radial heliocentric of the mission Pioneer 10, inaugurated in 1972 and today fleeing to the remote star Aldebaran after visiting and studying Jupiter and Neptune. Scientists think that the "I” will reach the inner edge of the Oort cloud in three centuries.
And the 6 March 2014 the "II” reached theheliopause, where is the solar wind is intense, compressed and turbulent due to its interaction with interstellar space, then touching i 13.400 days of "volo" in infinite cosmos and at the same time, of course, functioning al service of human knowledge.

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The pair of "Esploratori” will continue to dialogue with us until 2025, after which the energy of the will cease atomic pile which feeds the measuring instruments and the radio communication system, which still "resist" beyond 22 billion kilometers from the Sun, interacting with the scientists of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and employing 14 hours to forward a signal from infinite space to the Terra.
Well aware of this, the writer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan and the designer Edward Stone obtained at the time immediately from NASA the consent to insert the now famous "golden record“, a gold 12-inch phonograph record that reproduces, along with other aids, the life and culture of our world.
In addition to information on the planet's physical, animal and vegetable peculiarities, musical pieces, noises and 115 images, all intended for the hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization that Travel should they be found in the future (in seventy-five thousand years they will reach the nearest star), traveling through the universe there are also… audio greetings formulated in about fifty terrestrial languages, including Italian. They range from the Akkadian idiom of the ancient Sumerians to the current Chinese dialect of the Wu ethnic group.
And there are also the speeches of the President of the United States of Americathen Richard Nixon, And Secretary General of the United Nations.

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The Golden Record embarked on board the Voyager 1 and 2 probes for extraterrestrial civilizations
The Golden Record embarked on board the Voyager 1 and 2 probes for extraterrestrial civilizations

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However Kurt waldheim, who “reigned” overONU for two consecutive terms by 1972 to 1981 and died a Vienna on June 14, 2007, disappeared accompanied by the controversy for the subsequent ones war crimes allegations that were formulated to him because of a dark past in the Wehrmacht in France, in the Balkans and on eastern front, moreover never expiated with a sentence.
His voice, destined to make the sounds and colors of the Terra to other evolved forms of life, was inserted at the time without hesitation in the "golden record“, but until 29 October 2010 and for the last difficult dozen years of space exploration he was "in charge" on the ground Ed Massey, general manager and scientist (black African American) of the Voyager Interstellar Mission.
Born Waldheim nor Massey, that is "executioners"and "victims” of our recent past, would perhaps never have imagined such a web of coincidences, which would have “brought them closer” in publicizing the presumed virtues ofHomo sapiens to beings that could populate other galaxies and to send them a message of hope and universal peace.

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NASA infographic of the Voyager 1 and 2 space probe mission since 1977
NASA infographic of the Voyager 1 and 2 space probe mission since 1977

In the infinite void all the contradictions of homo sapiens…

The two probes therefore carry with them, even after the takeover of Suzanne Dodd at the top of the mission of the NASA, a paradox and a contradiction of our history, even without explicitly mentioning the war "of man to man” practiced by Nazism, nor the separation "of man from man” affirmed by colonial, US, Indian and South African racial segregations.
But one question arises. The alien civilizations that should listen to and interpret the "golden record” embarked on Voyager I , Voyager II will be so intelligent as to guess, beyond the politically correct and eminently didactic contents of the golden disc prepared by the NASA forty-four years ago and the persuasive voice that accompanies them with a flashy German accent, the true story of hatred and aggression that has so far been the distinctive feature of the human species?

The NASA site on Voyager missions: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status/

The Voyager 1 space probe on a research mission since 1977 for NASA
The Voyager 1 space probe on a research mission since 1977 for NASA