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Is Space Spam Sending the Wrong Message?

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Astrophysicist Malcolm Fridlund, of the European Space Agency (ESA) has warned ‘space spam’ messages sent to distant galaxies may send the wrong message to possible intelligent life.  Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence‘s ‘Earth Speaks’ and Bebo’s ‘A Message From Earth’ projects have allowed the public to beam image and text messages into deep space.  Whilst most space messages have good intentions, News.com.au reports some broadcasts include requests for money, political slander and snack-food commercials. Fridlund warned that although the existence of extraterrestrial life hasn’t been confirmed, any inter-galactic broadcasts should be sent with caution, as mixed messages may confuse, offend or enrage.