Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Australians send text messages to Aliens

Interesting little article i found in the Australia News paper. It seems a bit a joke really but no harm in trying - I mean they are already here so why the need to text them?

All Australians have been invited to pen an SMS-like message - no longer than 160 characters - which will eventually be transmitted to Gliese 581d, a planet 20 light years away. The planet is considered the closest to Earth capable of supporting intelligent life.

And the transit time? Just 20 years.
Science Minister Kim Carr, who gets the privilege of writing the first message to be included in the mass letter, said alien life remained one of science's big questions.

"What better way to discover the limitless possibilities of science than to give Australians the opportunity to contact other intelligent life forms," he said. "As a child I, like many Australians, stared up at the stars and wondered what was out there. Now science has allowed me to send a personal message that may answer that question."

His message reads: "Hello from Australia on the planet we call Earth. These messages express our people's dreams for the future. We want to share those dreams with you."

The transmission will be sent from the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, to mark the start of National Science Week.

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1 comment:

Andrei Rotariu said...

HaHa! I wrote a message just for fun it read : "Humans are stupid. I sent this message to you 20 years ago. & i should have written it in binary because you prbably dont speak earth".


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