ON FRONTPAGE: On 10th Oct 2016 - An Interstellar Radio Message was transmitted by ESA - the European Space Agency. But sending out interstellar messages continues to be highly controversial. Several prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have warned that we might just be inviting an alien invasion. Stephen Hawking warned that, rather than actively trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans should do everything possible to avoid contact.
Stephen Hawking : “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,” he said.
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”
( *We thought the following one was funny* ) Hacked.com wrote :
The universe could be full of super-advanced aliens, perhaps post-biological civilizations extremely smarter than us. If so, sending messages in a bottle could be dangerous, and we should instead try to avoid being detected by the big boys.
Anyway, the sent message was composed by persons from all over the planet, who contributed their own answers to the question:
- How will our present environmental interactions shape the future?
The transmission encoded 3,775 messages submitted by people from 146 countries, and was the first such message sent into deep space in several years.
The project, developed by the UK Astronomy Technology Center, the European Space Agency and the University of Edinburgh, along with researchers at the Johns Hopkins University and the European Southern Observatory, issued a call for participation in July:
“By submitting text contributions from across the globe for this interstellar time capsule, participants will be contributing to ongoing dialogue concerning how our civilization collectively perceives its role within shaping the future of the environment and establish a means by which we may collectively analyse these perspectives for cross-cultural universals within this single, global human community.”
There were also 70 images sent away, and this was one of them:
The image shows the (secretive) Methuselah Tree, a 4,848-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine in the White Mountains (California - USA).
The message has been transmitted into deep space via the European Space Agency’s deep-space tracking station at Cebreros, Spain, and is now en route to the North Pole Star (Polaris).
Polaris is a yellow super-giant about 433 light years from Earth.
That means it takes 433 years to go there if you travel at the speed of light, which is like 267.000 kilometers per second, not per hour.
The interstellar transmission sent out, has now passed our furthest and far away physical emissary to the stars, the satellite Voyager 1 (launched; September 5, 1977), that is located approx. 20,455,450,288 kilometers - or136.74 AU - or 1137.2 light minutes from Earth!