Earth Receives 'Alien' Signal From Mars
In a momentous event that captivated the world, Earth receives 'alien' signal from Mars. The encoded transmission, which originated from a spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet, was an ambitious project led by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute.
Astronomers at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, which organized the event and is dedicated to the search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, primarily in the form of interstellar radio signals, claim that the reception of this signal is intended to start a globalgame of decrypting and decoding. A Sign in Space, a websitethat will feature comments, theories, and weekly workshops on what it all might mean, will allow anybody to follow along.
Radio astronomers have been anxiously listening for half a century, but they have yet to detect any planned or unintentional alien signals from other civilizations. However, they estimate that there are just 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxyleft to search for life.
The encoded signal was specifically directed towards three massive telescopes located on Earth's surface. These telescopes, renowned for their advanced technology and sensitive receivers, were meticulously calibrated to capture and interpret the incoming transmission. The SETI Institute, well-known for its relentless efforts in scanning the cosmos for signs of intelligent life, played a pivotal role in orchestrating this historic event.
Earth receives 'alien' signal from Mars as sent by SETI. The experiment, named "A Sign in Space," saw radio operator Daniela de Paulis transmit a message from Mars to Earth. SETI assembled a team of professionals for the endeavor, including researchers, scientists, and even artists.
According to de Paulis:
Throughout history, humanity has searched for meaning in powerful and transformative phenomena. Receiving a message from an extraterrestrial civilization would be a profoundly transformational experience for all humankind. 'A Sign in Space' offers the unprecedented opportunity to tangibly rehearse and prepare for this scenario through global collaboration, fostering an open-ended search for meaning across all cultures and disciplines.- Daniela de Paulis
At 19:00 UTC / 12:00 PM PDT, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, operated by the European Space Agency, sent the scrambled message. Then, just 16 minutes later, Earth received the message.
Although SETI kept its cards close to its breast about what the encoded message will contain, it simulated what is like for Earth to receive communication from an extraterrestrial power from space. All of that became clear as the signal is gathered by three top-tier radio astronomy observatories dispersed around the planet.
Earth receives 'alien' signal from Mars. This signal was sent by Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. The signal was analyzed after transmission and then made available to the general public for deciphering. On the "A Sign in Space" Discord server, anyone trying to decode and understand the message can discuss it.