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NASA is Sending a "Selfie" to Extraterrestrials - and Needs Your Help

If you could say anything you wanted to to aliens, what would it be? If you could beam anything into outer space, w...

NASA is Sending a "Selfie" to Extraterrestrials - and Needs Your Help

If you could say anything you wanted to to aliens, what would it be? If you could beam anything into outer space, what would you send? You had better come up with answers to these questions, because this summer, each and every one of us will have the chance to be an audible/visual part of the universe.

 

NASA has announced that it has agreed to send a digital crowd-sourced message to the New Horizons spacecraft, as part of the New Horizons Message Initiative. The message will be determined by everyone who participates in this huge project, and it will be sent after the New Horizons spacecraft flies past Pluto next year, and sends back data.

 

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The idea to send a digital message into outer space was triggered by 1977's Voyager golden record. Just as 3-D printers were used to build tools in space, Jon Lomberg, the initiative's leader, thought that messages could as easily be made. Because such a project needed public support, in September 2013, Lomberg started a website, with the purpose of collecting petition signatures to NASA. In less than six months, 10,000 signatures had been collected, thus making people active participants.

 

Lomberg's idea for the message is a “selfie,” or a global self-portrait. Every single person on Earth will be able to upload any type of content, such as images, sounds, or software, and then they will vote on what the message will be.

 

Are There Aliens Out There?

Will the New Horizon find extraterrestrial life? And, if it does, will humanity be heard and maybe answered? Regardless, the very fact that it is doable sends us an interesting message, according to Alan Stern, New Horizons' principal investigator.

 

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Even though the “Selfie” project will officially begin August 25th, it may take years until the final message is sent. Transferring data from Pluto may take more than a year and until then, there won't be any room on the New Horizon computer, Lomberg claims.

 

Stern says now's the time to be reflective, and to consider what is best to pass on to life in outer space. It does make you think, doesn't it?  


 

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