"Realistically, the odds of this are remote. Space is incredibly vast. Even if there are aliens out there with the ability to intercept and recover a Voyager, they would have to be very lucky indeed to stumble upon one." <br /><br />Humans don't believe in odds. If they did, then nobody would bother to play the lottery.<br /><br />Every space mission has two purposes:<br /><br />1. a logical purpose (usually science)<br /><br />2. an emotional purpose (one that helps people meet their dreams)<br /><br />The Voyagers clearly weren't all about science. The people who put the missions together didn't just put those records on there as a publicity stunt. After all, they already had the money for the missions.<br /><br />When they put the records on there, they were playing the lottery. They had a dream, the dream of all humankind. The dream of reaching out and sharing our existence with somebody else. They knew that logically, it was not worth their time and effort-- because logically, the chances of "aliens" ever seeing those records (let alone deciphering them) was remote. Yet to them, that small chance was worth all of that effort.<br /><br />It's art, in space.<br /><br />Who knows who or what is out there watching our little efforts and saying, "Awww... Isn't that cute!"