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Should we be signalling to ET ?

Posted on Thursday, 13 June, 2013 | Comment icon 100 comments

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A continuous message beacon aimed at contacting aliens is being hailed and criticized in equal measure.

Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra and a group of entrepreneurs are planning to use the Jamesburg Earth Station radio dish in Carmel to send out a continuous message to any extraterrestrials that might be listening. The signal will be initially focused on the Gliese 526 star system which has been identified as potentially habitable.

Criticism has been leveled at the project however because the group aim to charge people to send their own messages using the system. There is also concern over whether it is wise to be sending out messages aimed solely at attracting attention to the Earth given that there is no guarantee that any given extraterrestrial civilization would be friendly.

"A group of scientists and entrepreneurs has created the world’s first continuous message beacon to communicate with extraterrestrial civilizations."

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Comment icon #91 Posted by DONTEATUS on 18 June, 2013, 2:02
E.T is in the same Boat as us ! Trying to finger out what to Say?
Comment icon #92 Posted by Spacenut56 on 18 June, 2013, 16:27
Then there is this:
Comment icon #93 Posted by Capt. P. Lilandra on 25 June, 2013, 8:21
I don't honestly see the issue when you think about it. This is just a public attempt to make contact these efforts have been made for years, when you hear of things like this billing done publicly you can be sure that it been done out of the public eye for at least a decade
Comment icon #94 Posted by psyche101 on 25 June, 2013, 23:07
Perhaps that was the point of the WOW! signal, things is we just do not know, and comms is a better idea than physical travel. Carl Sagan is long gone, but we are still watching the voyager probes. These projects do not end with their creators, they only begin the steps we need to take. If a species is hostile, then comms seems a good way to go. As you say, in most cases the wait just for a signal is going to be decades, so physical matter has to take much longer. If we are ever going to find out what iss out there we need to take some steps at some time, and if we are awaiting an impend... [More]
Comment icon #95 Posted by DONTEATUS on 26 June, 2013, 2:08
Its like "No Mass,No Mass" my latino buddys will say ! E.T will call home some day It will mostlikely be Us calling from a far away place ! The Important thing to know Is tomorrow Is the Best day you can make it !
Comment icon #96 Posted by Asadora on 26 June, 2013, 13:35
Personally, I do not think we should be signaling to ET. Why? Because, I agree with what Mr. Stephen Hawking said in regards to the matter: "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," warned the fretful astrophysicist. He said that aliens might simply come to Earth, raid it for resources and move on. Hawking explained his fear: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet." ( Don't invite anyone to... [More]
Comment icon #97 Posted by Ma0773 on 26 June, 2013, 21:35
Hey All I personally believe we are the ones who should be making the effort to advance our technologies to a point where other civilisations will be sending us messages to come and visit, why should we sit back and wait for ETI to reply to our messages which for all intensive purposes, ETI may not be able to understand. Even the Arecibo message that was transmitted in 1974 was interpreted by scientists on earth in a multitude of different combinations, what chance does that give our neighbours of understanding this message if it is ever received. Taking a proactive approach to this problem, r... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by Ron Jeremy on 27 June, 2013, 17:05
Surely we have something to feed them: Us.
Comment icon #99 Posted by DONTEATUS on 27 June, 2013, 20:28
Well Ron you just maybe right on that ,Ive been trying to tell these guys formany years in here Its Not How Far ,and How Smart,and How powerful one is.Its How hungry you are when you pull thru the Drive thru ! Tastie wins the War !
Comment icon #100 Posted by WoIverine on 12 July, 2013, 20:13
DONTEATUS, man...I always wanted to post this for you especially. Found by Lisa Simpson, while on an alien space craft.

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