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Humans generally speaking are incredibly interested in the potential existence of intelligent alien life. The idea that an alien civilization exists somewhere in the cosmos has always fascinated us but we’v yet to find any evidence that our dreams are more than fantasy. Now scientists have taken a big step towards contacting extraterrestrials sending a message to a nearby star system that may well host an advanced civilization but not everyone thinks that was such a good idea.

一般来说,(我们)人类对于可能存在的智慧外星生命体相当感兴趣。一想到在宇宙的某处可能存在其他文明就让我们深深着迷,不过由于没有发现任何证据能证实这个想法,目前这还只是一种幻想。不过现在科学家们已经迈出了一大步,他们向(太阳系)附近的一个疑似存在生命的星系发送了信息,可是并不是所有人都认为这是件好事。

A group of scientists hungry for evidence of aliens took it upon themselves to send a message to the system called GJ273 which resides approximately 12.4 light-years away from Earth. That’s a pretty sizable distance but the signal will eventually get there and if ET is listening they’ll most certainly know it’s not an accident.

一群科学家们疯狂搜寻外星人存在的证据,于是他们向一个代号为GJ273,距地球大约12.4光年的星系发送了信息。虽然这段距离十分遥远,但信号最终还是可以到达那里,如果外星人听到了那段信息,那他们肯定会明白他们并不是意外收到(那段信息的)。

The message which reportedly included samples of music language and math also included a request that anyone who gets it should attempt to respond. If the scientists strike gold a message would likely be headed back our direction by around 2042 and astronomers will be listening closely for any sign of it.

据称,该信息包含了音乐,语言以及数学的样本内容,并且还包括了请求任何收到该信息的人作出回应的内容。科学家推测,如果该信息的收发过程一切顺利,那么最快在2042年我们就能收到回信,天文学家们将对此事保持密切关注。

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However many scientists have voiced their displeasure at the idea that mankind might proactively contact an alien civilization especially one that has mastered spaceflight. Without having any idea of whether or not our needle-in-a-haystack signal is retrieved by a peaceful alien race or a hostile one many fear that we could be setting the stage for the ultimate destruction of mankind and perhaps Earth as we know it.

然而,许多科学家对此表示不满,认为人类太过主动可能会联系上一个,尤其是掌握了宇宙飞行的外星文明。在尚不知我们这段如同大海捞针般的信号信息是会被崇尚和平的外星种族还是被怀有敌意的外星种族探测到之前,我们都可能正在为人类自身的灭亡搭建舞台,也可能会造成地球的毁灭。

One of the more vocal opponents of the effort is world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking who has suggested that yelling into the void may bring dire results. Likening the arrival of an alien race to Earth to that of Europeans arriving in America Hawking warns that a more advanced species could do whatever they wanted to our planet with little regard for mankind’s fate.

其中一个对此强烈反对的人是世界著名的物理学家史蒂芬·霍金,他称向太空发声可能会引发可怕的后果。霍金警告说,外星种族抵达地球就像欧洲人前往美国一样,一个更先进的物种可以对我们的星球为所欲为,完全不关心人类的生死命运。

The signals which were sent in mid-Otober should arrive at their destination many years from now and if we indeed to hear back it will be a momentous occasion. Let’s just hope we don’t annoy them if they’re having a bad day.

在今年十月中旬发送的这段信号将会在许多年以后到达目的地。如果我们后面确实能听到回音,这将是一个重要的时刻。就让我们祈祷自己不会在他们过得糟糕闹心时惹恼他们吧。