Mr. Hilbert had enjoyed stargazing ever since he became friends with Mr. Beckley. So imagine his excitement when he saw an exceptionally bright comet trail in the sky one evening, as he was stargazing at the observatory conveniently located just behind the Grand Hotel.
Now further imagine his surprise when he realized that the comet was heading towards him, and shortly thereafter crashlanded a few hundred meters away! It turned out to be a weird ceramic sphere, slightly shimmering in the moonlight.
A depression of the button on the top by a curious Mr. Hilbert opened up the sphere to reveal this message inside:
"?!?!" said Mr. Hilbert.
Can you decipher the message from outer space?
Why is there a "wordplay" tag?