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SCI/TECH: Hello Aliens, This is Earth Calling

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posted on May, 4 2005 @ 09:44 PM
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The Civilian Space Exploration Team that put an unmanned rocket into space at an altitude of 116 km, is introducing a new service that will broadcast customer phone calls across the Milky Way in hopes of the signals reaching stars and their planets and any inhabitants thereon. Christopher Rose of Rutgers University in New Jersey, has studied signal propagation into space and estimates that the signals will effectively carry out to about two light years. The closest star to Earth is about four light years away. The cost of the service is $3.99 a minute.

 



www.newscientist.com
A group of engineers has offered a solution for people who want a direct line to aliens - by broadcasting their phone calls directly into space.

People wanting to contact extraterrestrial beings through www.TalkToAliens.com can dial a premium rate US number and have their call routed through a transmitter and sent into space through a 3.2-metre-wide dish in central Connecticut, US.

The service, launched on 27 February, will cost users $3.99 per minute, says Eric Knight, president of the company. He says that a large radio receiver - like the Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico - situated on a distant planet might be large enough for an alien civilisation to receive the calls.

The company is not aiming its antenna at specific stars with the potential to harbour life. Rather, they have opted to track across the Milky Way galaxy to cover a host of nearby stars.


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I guess this is a shot at some kind of immortality, insofar as the signals would theoretically go on forever, even if they would not be useful for an eternity or to infinity, according to Chris Rose. Of course, Rose presumably makes his judgements based on the current state of the electronic art. Who knows how useful those signals might be to a superior civilization or to a future race of humans who might catch those signal bouncing off distant objects. Whatever the case, the Civilian Space Exploration Team suggest that customers present themselves as "good Earth Ambassadors".

Related News Links:
www.civilianspace.com
www.spaceref.com

Related AboveTopSecret.com Discussion Threads:
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[edit on 05/5/4 by GradyPhilpott]




posted on May, 4 2005 @ 09:52 PM
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By the time the "Phone call" travels 20 light years it probably would be near impossible to seperate the signal from background noise. Besides, sceintists have allready done this with much more powerful radio waves

3.99/Minute? maybe I should buy the golden gate bridge for $20 instead



posted on May, 5 2005 @ 01:20 AM
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Hasent the world been sending signals out to space for a while now? At least a few decades. TV brodcasts, satillite signals..etc. What gives the impression that any aliens are going to hear this? I guess it's just a stupid way for someone to make money.



posted on May, 5 2005 @ 02:26 AM
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We've been making various noise for over 50 (light)years and still they havent answered the call, now it would be quite possible that some civilisations lives at 60 lightyears and happens to be in the right stage of evolution to get our old weak tv signals, but even then it must mean you would at least 120 years before you could see if your mobile call gets returned using this broadcast service, wich BTW isn't point focussed but unidirectional and hence weak.

Not worth the money IMHO



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