The strange case of censorship in extraterrestrial messages
Human male and Barbie transmitted

In the mid-1980s, Joe Davis decided to do something about censorship of extraterrestrial messages.

Wait … censorship of extraterrestrial messages?

Humans from the Pioneer plaque 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft

The Pioneer probes were emblazoned with the nude figures of a man and a woman.

This is our “galactic greeting card”, now billions of miles away and still traveling.

Notice anything odd about the image?

Robert S. Kraemer’s memoirs say that the original design for the Pioneer plaque included the woman’s vulva line.

That line was erased for NASA’s benefit.

So images of a human man and space Barbie went into outer space.

To right this wrong, Joe Davis transmitted the sounds of vaginal contractions towards neighboring star systems.

Specifically, he recorded the vaginal contractions of ballet dancers, including the Boston Ballet.

The messages would be sent from MIT’s Millstone Hill Radar to Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti, and two other stars.

Save space from the sound of vagina.

Only a few minutes of footage was transmitted before the US air force shut the project down.

The vaginal sounds that WERE sent probably reached Epsilon Eridani in 1996 and Tau Ceti in 1998.

It is unclear what sort of reply we will get.

Maybe In 2142, we’ll receive the extraterrestrial reply…:

‘Pics or it didn’t happen!’

Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.