Ellie: CQ. CQ. This is W-9 GFO
here. Come back. CQ. CQ. This is W-9 GFO. Is anybody out there? I'm not getting anything.
Ted: Small moves, Ellie, small moves.
Ellie: CQ. This is W-9 GFO here. Come back.
Voice: Copy W-9 GFO. K-4 WLD here.
Ellie: What do I say?
Ted: Just be yourself.
Ellie: Where are you, K-4 WLD? Come back.
Voice: Pensacola, over.
Ellie: Pensacola. Where's Pensacola?
Ted: I'll give you a hint: Orange juice.
Ellie: Copy that, K-4 WLD. How's the weather
down there in Florida?
Ellie: Could we talk to China?
Ted: On a really, really clear day.
Ellie: Could we talk to the Moon?
Ted: Well, if it's a big enough radio,
I don't see why not.
Ellie: Could we talk to Jupiter?
Or... what's the one after that? Don't tell me.
Ted: I'll give you a hint: Hula hoops.
Ellie: Saturn. Could we talk to Saturn?
Ellie: Dad, could we talk to mom?
Ted: I don't think even the biggest
radio could reach that far.
Ellie: Dad, do you think there's
people on other planets?
Ted: I don't know, Sparks. But I
guess I'd say... if it is just us... it seems like an awful waste of space.
I'm gonna need a bigger antenna.
I think it's great that you listen. Most people don't do that anymore.
Kent: ...And Dr. Arroway here
will be spending her precious telescope time listening for... uh... listening for... hummm.
Ellie: Little Green Men.
Palmer: Nice to meet you, Ellie.
What are you studying up there?
Ellie: Well, the usual. Nebulae,
quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?
Palmer: The usual. Nouns, adverbs,
Ellie. Still waiting for ET to call?
Drumlin: What's wrong with science
being practical, even profitable?
Palmer: Nothing, as long as your
motive is the search for truth, which is exactly what the pursuit of science is.
I'm not against technology, Dr. I'm against the men who deify it at the expense of human truth.
You could call me a man of the cloth, without the cloth.
Ellie: You know, there are 400
billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If only one out of a million of those
had planets, all right, and if just one out of a million of those had life, and
if just one out of a million of those had intelligent life, there would be literally
millions of civilizations out there.
Palmer: Well, if there wasn't,
it would be an awful waste of space.
Drumlin: I know you can't see
it now, but I'm doing you a favor.
Ellie: That's great.
Drumlin: You're far too
promising a scientist to be wasting your gifts on this nonsense.
Ellie: Look, I don't consider
what could potentially be the most important discovery of the human race nonsense,
ok? There's 400 billion stars...
Drumlin: ...And only two
probabilities. One, there is intelligent life out there but it's
so far away you'll never contact it in your lifetime, and two...
Ellie: You're making a decision...
there's nothing out there but noble gases and carbon compounds, and you're wasting your
time. In the meantime, you won't be published, you won't be taken seriously, and
your career will be over before it's begun.
Ellie: So what?
It's my life!
You wanna hear
something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something
called an airplane. You know, you get people to go in, and fly
around like birds. It's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the
sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission
to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking is for you to
just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for
one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something
that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for
humanity, for the history... of history.
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