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Around halfway through the film, the ship encounters a 'spear', a long cylindrical object moving on a parallel trajectory to the Aniara, at a marginally higher speed. The captain and senior crew seem convinced that it's a probe sent from Earth and likely containing fuel rods.

However,

the probe proves to be made of an impenetrable element not on the current periodic table. We see attempts to cut it with drills, blowtorches and lasers and scanned it with with geiger counters, x-rays and electron microscopy to try to find out what's in it. At the very end of the film we see that they've even tried explosives to get into it, all to no avail

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So what is the 'Spear', who sent it and why?

  • sly wink to Rama perhaps? also - <insert "point" / "tip of the spear" pun here> – NKCampbell Oct 5 at 23:55
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    @NKCampbell - Personally, I assumed it was extraterrestrial in origin. Only a few years have passed on Earth and pretty much anything that's made by people is going to have writing (or at least marks) all over on it. – Valorum Oct 5 at 23:56
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    @NKCampbell - And yes, I was going for a pun. Because why not – Valorum Oct 5 at 23:59
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Clearly the probe that was intercepted was not of earthly origin and was on the same flight path towards the earth like planet. The probe’s intent was calculated panspermia but was intercepted by the crumbling Aniara. Not only did aniara defeat themselves but also another civilizations attempts to recolonize. I suppose maybe the probe could break free of the aniara but it is unlikely. Two civilizations met their fate searching for a new home.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. This seems like a guess; do you have any evidence that it was an alien seed ship? Answers should be supported by evidence; please read How to Answer. – DavidW Nov 19 at 1:11
  • The flight path was directly from Earth to their destination (to within .001 degree of arc). It couldn't have come from elsewhere. And as DavidW notes, this feels like a guess. – Valorum Nov 19 at 7:05

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