“That is a very classy way to let us know we’ve been caught”Mei-lin was looking at the transmission coming from AR-2. Starting the day before atight microwave transmission had started to arrive exactly at the location of the star shipGuang coming from the natives of planet AR-2. In theory the natives did not know thatthe people from earth were in their star system. That theory was now valueless.The first part of the transmission came in the form of some clear math that explained their base 6 number system, the norms of their television broadcast’s carrier signals and their system of modulation for picture and sound. Mei-lin’s team had figured these televisionstandards out years ago monitoring public broadcasts, but the explanation did clear up afew details, including how to lay out the three sound tracks natives used instead of humanstyle stereo.The first images sent were some very high resolution pictures of the human star ship, thespace station parked in the asteroid belt and the bases on AR-3. That was what Mei-linwas calling “classy”. The natives knew that they had company and they knew where thatcompany was. The first ever communications between the species were coming from the primitives and they translated to: “Hey! I’m talking to YOU!”Right now the team was taking down the third part of the message, which was a verycomplete language lesson. That transmission had been broken into 3 channels, eachteaching the humans a different major AR-2 language. There was a segment on writingand matching each phonetic alphabet to the sounds they represented. All three languageswere written phonetically and that was real saving grace. There was much math andscience in the images designed to teach the words. Such things as basic algebraicformulas, the periodic table, simple chemistry, elemental physics, descriptions of their electrical systems, automobiles, manufacturing, agriculture, and many more basics were being streamed in to the humans. A long string of vocabulary was being matched toimages both still and moving and the sentence structure of their use was being outline. Alot of the stuff looked like it had been specially prepared for this message, but other pieces of it looked lifted from their own children’s educational materials.So far none of the message had been repeated. The senders were either going to startover or had confidence that what they transmitted was going to be recorded in full.The recorded-in-full assumption was not a mistake, if that was what they assumed.Mei-lin’s team had been working on the main languages of AR-2 ever since the Guang’s probe had reached the AR system 18 years ahead of the Guang, which arrived ten yearsago. It was not Mei-lin’s team when it started work. She had not yet finished graduateschool at the time. Almost everything that was being beamed at the ship was informationthey had already taken down. That did not change the excitement of being contacteddirectly. Mei-lin had already called the authorities as soon as it was clear that a broadcastwas being sent directly to the ship.