NASA considers sending a message for advanced alien civilizations with Pluto Probe


NASA is considering to send a message for advanced alien civilizations along with the spacecraft New Horizons. NASA has encouraged to design this message for eventual upload onto the New Horizons spacecraft, now on its way to Pluto and beyond.  If NASA agrees, a group of interested will compose the message through crowdfunding. 

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The spacecraft New Horizons recently began investigating the vicinity of Pluto, one of the dwarf planets outside our Solar System. After a long journey, New Horizons will have a close encounter with Pluto on July 14 2015. NASA wants to learn more about the distant dwarf planet that – so far –  has five moons.

It seems, however, that the mission of New Horizons to Pluto is not over yet. NASA is considering to give the spacecraft a message for advanced aliens. This was reported by Space.com, based on statements by Jon Lomberg, a science journalist who is currently thinking about the message.

The global creative act is to design a crowd-sourced self-portrait of Earth for the computer memory of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. This will be a representation of who we are and how we fit into the cosmos, to be shared with all humanity, future humanity and potentially with other intelligent species elsewhere. The odds may be very long that the message is ever found and read, but even a very small chance can fire the imagination. The aspiration is to be a model for messages placed on future exploratory spacecraft, leaving Earth as a planetary fingerprint on these robot explorers.

We Did It Before!

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In 1977, NASA sent messages with sounds and images from all over the world on golden records attached to the twin Voyager space-craft. That message illustrated the diversity of life here on Earth, and they acted as a time capsule that would help inform aliens, future humans, or whoever found them about life on our little planet. source

Golden Record 

In 1977, NASA has sent messages with sounds and images from all over the world on golden records attached to the twin Voyager space-craft. That message illustrated the diversity of life here on Earth, and they acted as a time capsule that would help inform aliens, future humans, or whoever found them about life on our little planet.

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Lomberg is leading the private Message One Earth project, which is also intended to notify advanced forms of life in the intergalactic space of life on earth. The journalist was also previously involved in the gramophone record ‘The Golden Record‘ , which was launched in 1977 with the Voyager spacecraft and is currently still flying through space.

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nh-memory-chip4In contrast to the Golden Record, the message that may be sent with New Horizons, will be provided with digital files. This form of ‘bottle post’ covers not only text, but also images and sounds. Videos are not among them, because this form of communication is too big in size.

If NASA agrees, team Lomberg could only send 150MB of data along with New Horizons. The Golden Record gramophone recording was allowed to only a select group of cooperate experts.

But the Earth Message One project involves crowdfunding, which means that in fact everyone worldwide is allowed to participate. Participants are assisted by 86 consultants consisting of scientists, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, communicators and teachers.

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The Voyager Golden Record Playlist (Complete)

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Half a million dollars

NASA must first agree to the sending of the message. Lomberg didn’t want to ask the space agency, but instead requires the global community to contribute financially to the private initiative. He hopes his campaign will raise half a million dollars, converted a sloppy 449,000 euros. The campaign is still running for little over a month.

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Simulated view of Pluto (right) and Charon (left) at New Horizons‍‍ ’​‍s closest point of approach on July 14, 2015

If the financing gets accomplished and NASA agrees with the idea, then there is still enough time to put the ‘bottle post’ together. The message can be sent to New Horizons at the earliest in July next year, or even in 2019 when the mission is extended.

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Crowdsourcing

People from every country will have the opportunity to submit photos and other content. Everyone will have the chance to view and vote online for the ones they think should be sent. It will be a global project that brings the people of the world together to speak as one.

Send a message to the stars!  OneEarthMessage.org


Related:  Messages from Earth


More info 

New Horizons wiki
New Horizons
New Horizons Mission to Pluto
New Horizons Current Position
New Horizons News Center > News Releases and Media Resources

Official websites

Crowdsourcing

New Horizons Message Initiative – newhorizonmessage.com
OneEarthMessage.org

Voyager Golden Record

Voyager Golden Record wiki
The Golden Record NASA
The Voyager Golden Record Playlist (Complete)

More

– Release 15-064 – NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Nears Historic July 14 2015 Encounter with Pluto”. NASA.
– NASA Pluto Probe May Carry Crowdsourced Message to Aliens    

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  4. I would say this is a very bad idea.

    The problem is that there is no evidence of type II civilizations where our earth maybe only 100 – 200 years away. No evidence of dyson spheres showing some type of use of the stars energy. No signals from space except for the questionable wow signal. No evidence of type III civilizations where they take over the entire galaxy which may mean we are alone in our milky way galaxy, and possibly in the universe.

    Something out there maybe killing type I civilizations before they ever make type II, and the last thing we need is to have nasa new horizon helping these possible killer aliens (killer probes) attacking earth, and knowing we are here in a very helpless position to defend ourselves.

    Either there is something wrong with the drake equation, or something is killing off type I civilizations in our galaxy, and other galaxies where we only have this one earth which is nothing but a blue dot from the surface of mars, and we need to hide till we have better answers.

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