Okay but how pissed is Eiffel gonna be that he didn't *actually* make first contact.
I mean, on the one hand, at least he’ll know that there was a legitimate reason for him to be sent into space, aside from Lab-rat duties. But on the other hand… I mean, he’s had to have gotten at least a LITTLE bit excited about making history. And now it turns out that he didn’t. Maybe he was the first to achieve two-way communication. Maybe not. But we know now that he wasn’t actually the first to achieve First Contact. The universe can’t even give him that.