Technicians’ Statement

Very Large Array in San Agustin, New Mexico

The Very Large Array (VLA), one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin, 50 miles west of Socorro, N.M.
Credit: NRAO/AUI


Each item presented in this public report is a photograph that has been created in outer space. We know, it’s incredible. We fully expect overeager journalists to misquote us and that’s why we’re putting this report together. And we know the scientists aren’t going to believe a bunch of programmers (although they won’t ever admit to this).

These photographs are of regions of space unfamiliar to us, unfamiliar to our eyes as the contents are places, and some strange events that we have previously not yet been aware. Given our growing knowledge of the expanding universe, all of these photographs reveal to us astounding things that our eyes have never seen. A variety of scientists, journalists, and even historians have expressed fascination in these emerging photographs. We’ve even received upset mails from well-meaning parents who don’t want their children exposed to the news we are trying to give to the public.

We are not alone.

The photographs are accompanied by a packet of textual data, which we began calling notes. Not quite a captain’s log (we watched Star Trek episodes (classic and TNG) in our quiet evenings, monitoring the celestial noise for distinct patterns) but it was more than just metadata. We ran custom queries and wrote specific inspections for each signal to disprove our suspicions of noise for each and every receipt. It’s clear to us that the signals are real. We are confident of each image/text packet’s authenticity. It may be an accident that we intercept these or that they were even transmitted, but they’re certainly messages intended for someone to receive.


You will perhaps forgive our laymen’s attempt at making sense of what we have received. You will soon read that we have submitted these receipts, files, and findings for each and every receipt to the review of those who have more knowledge and education than we do in these matters. NASA, JPL, and the NSF have yet to respond to us, although persons in the ESA are eager to give us their attention.

From all of these data sets we’ve been able to determine that the vehicle in which the “photographer” — we have no other appropriate label or name at the moment — had been traveling experienced an unspecified turmoil. We know that the photographer faces an uncertain future. We don’t know anything about this photographer.

We only know that each receipt, the bundle of image and ⁄ or textual data (easily compressed), is transmitted using Voyager, the original one. We do not understand how, we are only recording it, and trying to make sense of it as best we can. Most of the receipts require some reconstruction and some of the receipts don’t come through with any meaningful result. Sadly, some receipts are corrupted and cannot be deciphered; even these are being logged yet we only display here those which are received with no errors. Again, our complete findings are logged and presented to the aforementioned agencies.

Our Professional and Civic Responsibilities

An official, technically-detailed report has been submitted to NASA, JPL, and the NSF. As we wish to respect official channels and the decorum required of civilized society, we will refrain from posting the technical details, or the audio data, and hope the aforementioned agencies respond in kind to our respectful appeals. Yet, in order to preserve the respect for a democratic republic in light of recent actions by the White House, the NSA, and even the IRS, we have archived copies of these files in various places around the internet for safe-keeping. As we fear for our own futures, we will be leaving the United States indefinitely.

J. D. Madrigal