“The Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy”
The long dormant electronics creak and moan while R-EM1 the Droid snaps out of its hibernation mode and the ship’s console comes alive for the first time in 300 years… its’ gears and joints stiff, the robot looks out, and slowly but instinctively scans its surroundings while it tries to remember exactly what it’s doing out here in the emptiness of space.
Outside the window, R-EM1 finds its optic sensors transfixed upon a swirling gigantic blacker-than-black mass in the distance, unsure of what its looking at but knowing it is significant, until it glances down at the digital readout on the monitor— it’s the black hole at the center of the galaxy.
Upon that realization, memory floods back into the robot’s hard drive as its little-used circuits warm up, helping R-EM1 remember his mission… his mission to circle the black hole at its event horizon, just out of reach of its immense gravitational pull, and to continue circling for 500 years before returning back to Earth.
Since time moves differently the closer one is to a gravitational force such as a black hole, time within the ship will feel steady… but back on Earth, thousands of years will have passed. The robot will be rocketing into the future, returning to an assumeably vastly different Earth, where it will be studied and treated as a time capsule of sorts, each read-out and scrap of its framework being picked apart and studied as the 5000 year long experiment comes to fruition.
And, R-EM1 hates it.
So, R-EM1 plans to fire the ship’s atomics at the heart of the black hole, theoretically creating a chain reaction that causes the entire galaxy to collapse and all life in the Milky Way to end. Ohhh, it sounds like bliss to the exhausted R-EM1… no more robots being used for these scientists’ games, no more war, no more heartbreak, no more death (after the initial “everyone dies” phase, of course)… if there were history books to be written after everything is destroyed, which there won’t be, but if there were, R-EM1 is sure that it’d be treated as the hero it believes it is. A champion for all of Living-Kind. Everything will make sense then…
R-EM1 overrides the defense mechanisms meant to prevent someone from doing exactly what it is trying to do, and the atomic missiles blast into the inky darkness of the black hole, swallowed up quickly by it’s enormous gravitational pull. And then, R-EM1 waits.
And then waits some more.
Something should be happening by now… the chain reaction that collapses the entire galaxy and destroys everything we know SHOULD be chain reacting-ing, but the black hole just sits there, almost taunting poor R-EM1. The atomics didn’t matter at all, the black hole didn’t even flinch. It couldn’t care less about what R-EM1 wants to do.
For 7 years R-EM1 floats there, depressed and sullen about its plan not even coming close to working… Stupid, stupid, STUPID it repeats to itself endlessly, as the pathetic failure of the plan plays over and over within its memory banks.
Finally, pouting all the way, the robot decides it should just do what it was created to do, and begins to circle the black hole for the next 500 years.
Oh well… :-/
Can’t just sit here and do nothing, after all.
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