Whilst Ripley is launching the Nostromo self destruct, she uses this panel with some interesting buttons:
The image is from TypeSetInTheFuture.com. Some of the buttons are:
- PRANIC LIFT 777
- SHAKTI EXCESS
- AGARIC FLY
- And of course, PADME
Now out of universe these terms were taken from a Hindu book:
Well, according to the Alien Explorations blog, designer Simon Deering needed some complex-sounding labels for the keyboard at short notice. He was reading The Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky, a Russian philosopher and occultist, at the time of filming. Blavatsky’s book attempts to explain the origin and evolution of the universe in terms derived from the Hindu concept of cyclical development. Deering found his inspiration in its pages, and the Nostromo‘s odd keyboard was born.
But my question is, what is the function of the buttons in-universe?