”Daddy, what are those whirly things sticking up toward the sky?”
”Daniel, those are a new kind of antenna to listen for signs of life on other planets.”
”You mean like when you found life on Mars, Daddy?”
Daniel was twelve years old and his Daddy was an astronomer at the U.S. facility in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was 2030 and they had just finished transporting people to a facility they built on Mars after receiving permission from a small colony of Martians they discovered.
”Remember what I explained to you, Daniel? See the funny color of the sky? Our air will not be breathable very soon. We’re trying to transport the people of the Earth to other planets. Mars can’t hold them all. Here are the listening devices that go with the antennas. Do you want to listen?
Daniel placed a set of ear buds in his ears. He watched the display. He heard a screech and jerked the buds out as he called his Daddy over.
“I just heard a loud noise.”
Daniel’s dad grabbed the ear buds and started looking at the data. A planet was trying to contact them!