Below is a YouTube of the sound transmitted from Comet 67P.
In the 1987 science fiction movie, Predator, the sound the alien makes—a click, click, clicking—is very similar to this recently released comet sound.
Take a listen.
Mycroft Holmes: Oh, Sherlock, what do we say about coincidence?
Sherlock Holmes: Universe is rarely so lazy.
Some Background On The Rosetta
A few facts:
- Reports indicate that the Philea Lander bounced three times before securing its footing.
- It landed in the shadows partially on its side, and since it uses solar energy, late on November 14, 2014 the probe went into hibernation mode when its primary battery ran out of power.
- ESA successfully issued a command to rotate the spacecraft and get its largest solar panel into sunlight.
- The ESA claims that in the 60 hours of operations on the surface of Comet 67P, scientists managed to complete 90% of the primary science it intended.
- If Philea Lander revives after the comet shifts to put the probe in a sunnier location, scientists say the additional information will be a bonus.
- The eerie song was first picked up by Rosetta’s magnetometer when the spacecraft traveled closer to the comet in August.
- Also in August, Rosetta took the temperature of Comet 67P and found it to be warmer than once predicted.
- From a distance of 145 miles, Rosetta took the surface temperature and recorded it to be minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
- This is warmer than scientists suspected for a comet covered in ice.
Predator, The Movie
A few facts:
- Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as the Predator creature, the idea being that the physical action star would use his martial arts skills to make the Predator an agile, ninja-esque hunter.
- Van Damme often complained about about the monster suit being too hot and caused him to pass out.
- Compared to Schwarzenegger—Van Damme didn’t.
- Kevin Peter Hall—towering over 7’2″—replaced Van Damme.
- Released June 12, 1987.
- Budget $15 million.
- Grossed $98,267,558.
- Initial reviews were negative.
- Later, opinions changed.
- The movie now appears on Best Movie lists. (Could be because so many of the current science fiction movies are BIG FAT disappointments.)
- Maybe another life-form realized that a comet could carry language, and this is their means of communicating with us LOL. —tony
- What if it is space bugs inside the comet? Starship Trooper like?!? — Richold
- The special effects person for the movie is a Starseed and that click, click, clicking sound is the one his seed heard as it traveled through space to Earth. He replicated it for the movie. (Consciously? Unconsciously? Good question.)
- NASA was created in 1958. Maybe the sound isn’t new. Maybe it was leaked to Hollywood via scientists.
- ETs monitor Earth and everything we do. Even our movies. When we get close to explaining what is really out there, they try to communicate with us by using what they see we see in films or read in books. That would mean the clicking from Comet 67P is the metaphoric message in a bottle.
- The inhabitants of Comet 67P are enjoying the movie and love the sound the Predator makes—or it’s the only sound they understand. They thought that perhaps we understood it also. (Hey, people are using the eerie Comet 67P song for the ringtone on their phones. What ET wouldn’t think we understood it?)
What Does Sherlock Say
1. A Wyso/Danny ring handcrafted by my Native American friend, Neal Paquin of Santa Fe, NM, especially designed for my first novella, Wyso and the Other Creepy Kids on Gerard Street. (Picture to be posted some time. I need an attractive finger. Eddie, my cat, won’t cooperate. Neither will Cassidy, Sunny, Stella, or Apple (the last two are dogs). And I’m not much on selfies, especially, a selfie of one of my fingers.
2. A $20 gift certificate to Amazon via email.
3. My opinion of the first twenty pages of your novel or novella. (Not that my opinion is worth anything, but it is someone else’s opinion. Something I look for every chance I get. Just thought you might be looking also.)
BTW: I changed the date of the drawing from November 21, 2014 to November 24, 2014 because that’s my typical Monday blog time. Winner will be announced in next Monday’s blog post.