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Sci-fi novel by Carl Sagan, also adapted into a 1997 film starring Jodie Foster. The plot revolves around a message received from deep space from another intelligent species, building a machine to talk back with, and the human reaction to such events.

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In the movie Contact, what are the various soundbites that we can hear during the opening scene?

In the intro of the movie Contact, we can hear various soundbites: some music, people speaking, theme from TV series like The Twilight Zone, and so on. Is there a list somewhere of what all the ...
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Could the machine from Contact be used again? [duplicate]

In the film Contact, Jodie Foster is searching for extraterrestrial life. After a series of events where aliens give them a way to make a "spaceship." She travels to a place where she sees an alien ...
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What was the point of making the scientists travel on the machine in Contact?

In Carl Sagan's novel, Contact, Earth receives a message from extra terrestrial beings that has instructions to build a machine. Once the machine is built and activated with five passengers in it, ...
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Did Carl Sagan ever explain how God modified the value of π?

Near the end of the book, Contact, by Carl Sagan, the main character is told there are messages hidden deep in the base-11 digits of π. From the Wikipedia article: Acting on the suggestion of "Ted"...
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In the movie Contact, how was the message from the aliens determined to be a video message?

How do signals at double the frequency indicate a video signal?
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Book about suppressing First Contact? Character “Polly Ling”? [duplicate]

This paperback was probably from ca. 1970. The well-off don't want their apple-cart upset by alien tech. Hero saves "Polly Ling" from an alien monster, which turns out to be her husband- she's an ...
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What year did we receive the signal from Vega?

In the novel, the Machine gets turned on 31st December, 1999. But what year was it when the SETI received the signal? (or how many years did it take to build the Machine?)
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Why weren't they able to use parallax to corroborate Ellie's story?

RichS's answer to the question "Why couldn't Ellie's experience be corroborated?" states in no uncertain terms that the alien signal couldn't have been faked due to the way that radio telescopes are ...
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What are the differences between the book Contact and the movie?

What are the differences between Carl Sagan's novel Contact and the 1997 movie made by Robert Zemeckis?
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How could Vegans have commented on Arroway's hands?

When Arroway makes contact with Vegans, the entity, at one point, says: "You have your mother's hands." Now, we know that Eleanor Ann Arroway's mother died at childbirth. We also know that Vegans "...
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How does Ellie know 18 hours passed?

In Contact it appears as if Ellie blacks out for an unknown period of time. You can see what I'm talking about starting around 3:30 in this video. If she really did ...
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In the movie Contact, did they get the theory of relativity wrong?

In the movie Contact, at around the 1 hour 20 minute mark, Palmer and Ellie are having a conversation about Einstein's theory of relativity. Palmer confirms with Ellie that if the machine works and ...
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In the movie Contact, why would Hadden live on an airplane or space station?

In the movie Contact, the billionaire owner of Hadden industries lives on an airplane that is almost always airborne. He later moves to the Russian space station, Mir, saying the low gravity and low ...
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Why couldn't Ellie's experience be corroborated by simply re-using the machine?

I recently re-watched Contact for the first time since my childhood, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I realized that there was something I'd never understood: why couldn't they corroborate Ellie's ...
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Was Arroway dreaming or did she travel to Vega (in the movie Contact)?

In the film Contact, after building the giant machine on Hokkaido, Arroway 'travels' to Vega, landing at the beach where her father is. However, the capsule never left earth. It's not clear if ...
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In Contact: Why not send a second pod? [duplicate]

I've just finished watching the Contact movie and having had time to reflect a bit more on it, I still cannot understand why the government would not just send a second pod through the machine if they ...