Sunday, 11 December 2011
Old TV Signals NOT Bouncing Back To Earth
A 2009 April Fools joke by the BBC is doing the rounds again on Farcebook and Twitter, as fact!
The story is a BBC team have been working closely with a team of astronomers to help recover old TV signals, bounced back to earth. They claim they have recovered about 7 weeks of 47 year old television signals from space, and every day in their lab is like traveling back in time. They have just started the digital recovery of signals that contain lost Doctor Who episodes.
This is of course rubbish, its an old April Fool, and it has already been proven that old radio signals in space degrade, so although they technically go on forever, they get more and more unreadable, so even if the technology becomes available to receive old radio signals, it is unlikely we will get old TV and radio shows back this way :(