The Day the Earth Stood Still is first movie beamed into space

Yep. They aimed the 20th Century Fox film toward Alpha Centauri, and clicked “send.” The Day the Earth Stood Still, which tells the story of an alien effort to wipe out humanity, left earth on Dec 12 at the speed of light, and will take four years to reach the star system.

As one astute observer already mentioned in the comment field of the post, four years from now it’ll be 2012—the year the Mayan calendar marks as the END OF THE WORLD™.

Were I an exec at Fox, I think I would have sent a copy of Independence Day along for the ride. Just as the aliens begin arming their weapons and warming up their faster-than-light space craft, they’d a get a taste of what awaits should they decide to throw down.

1 Response to “<i>The Day the Earth Stood Still</i> is first movie beamed into space”

  1. 1 cft999 December 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Beaming “Earth” into orbit will lull potentially hostile creatures from other planets to sleep … thereby saving the world as we know it.

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