Startup Sends Crowsdourced Texts Into Space To Reach Extraterrestrials
Lone Signal invites the public to send SMS to the cosmos in hopes to contact aliens.
Beginning June 18th, the Cold War era Jamesburg Earth Station outside Carmel, California will start beaming 144 character text messages to outer space, in hopes of reaching extraterrestrials. And the messages will come from you.
Startup Lone Signal recently signed a 30 year lease for the space station, which will be the headquarters of the METI project (Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence). The signal will be directed at a red dwarf star, Gliese 526, which is thought to be potentially habitable. While this is not the first time humans have sent messages to outer space, this may be the first time that they send continuous messages from the public. Says Chief Scientist Jacob Haqq-Misra: