In the 1987 science fiction movie, Predator, the sound the alien makes—a click, click, clicking—is very similar to the sound transmitted from Comet 67P back in 2014.
Mycroft Holmes: Oh, Sherlock, what do we say about coincidence?
Sherlock Holmes: The Universe is rarely so lazy.
The Sounds of Rosetta’s Comet
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Some Background On The Rosetta
On November 12, 2014, The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission successfully soft-landed the Philae Lander Probe on a comet it has stalked for over ten years. The comet is 67P.
- Reports indicate that the Philae 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 Philae Lander revives after the comet shifts to put the probe in a sunnier location, scientists say the additional information was 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 1987, The Movie
Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala.
But when Dutch, and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong.
After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal extra-terrestrial warrior with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.
- 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.
Let’s assume there is no such thing as coincidence (Gibbs, NCIS). For just a second. How do we explain the song of Comet 67P sounding like a 33 year old movie alien?
- 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?)
- OR you can go with the sciency version: It’s just the comet’s magnetic field. Which is what it probably is, but less fun to think about.
I’ll go with what Sherlock says.
Eliminate the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Do you believe it’s a coincidence that the 1987 science fiction Predator sounds just like the 2014 sounds transmitted from Comet 67P? Or do you have a theory?
I love hearing from you. And, hey: What is the best science fiction movie you’ve seen lately?