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Ever since humanity has been able to launch projectiles into space to take nosey pictures that make us all feel insignificant, a major priority has been to somehow communicate with any alien life forms that might come across this space detritus and wonder who shot a space probe right into their upper atmosphere. Using physics, mathematics, art, and even Earth’s greatest weapon (Carl Sagan), our species has painstakingly crafted the first tentative social overtures towards the magnificent extraterrestrials we hope are listening.
This audio salute, one of the first radio signals intended specifically for interstellar intelligence, was meant as a test of the new Evpatoria Planetary Radar (EPR). In November 1962, the Unique Korenberg Telescope Array transmitted the greeting towards Venus, using simple Morse Code. Given the location of Venus in November 1962, the message is even now winging its way towards Libra.
Mounted to Pioneer spacecraft before they made their merry way into the inhospitable reaches of space outside the solar system, the Pioneer Plaque was the first—but not the last!—interstellar communiqué in which Carl Sagan had a say. Attached to both Pioneers and positioned to minimize the corrosive effects of solar dust, the plaque might well be the first thing an alien culture knows about us. (Well, the plaque, and also the fact that we hurl things into space and aim them right at you.)
Taking what they had learned from the Pioneer message and fine-tuning it, Frank Drake and Carl Sagan built a richer, stronger, mathier greeting card on the second go-round. The message was beamed out into space only once in 1974, aimed at the M13 star cluster, and consisted of 1679 digits (binary, naturally) that, when collected, formed a picture that gave a very Pong picture of our little blue planet.
Among the most poetic of humanity’s letters to the universe, the Golden Record sent into space with each of the Voyager probes is more a symbol than a pointed communiqué—the spacecraft are so small that when they stop emitting radiation, they’ll be almost impossible to detect in the vastness of space, especially as it’s still a good 40,000 years away from the nearest star (AC+79 3888).
The Cosmic Call, broadcast from Evpatoria in 1999 and 2003 and sent to nine different stars, is perhaps our most serious attempt at a spacegoing message. With several messages and repetitions per broadcast, and the widest directional net, this might well be the message most likely to get us noticed.
The 1999 Cosmic Call contains the Dutil-Dumas Message (the “Interstellar Rosetta stone,” built on a series of symbols), the Brastaad Message (which uses the mathematical language of the Dutil-Dumas Message to give more information on message sponsor Team Encounter), the Arecibo Message, and a staff message from Team Encounter. The 2003 edition substituted a Bilingual Image Glossary for the Braastad Message, showing concepts such as Family.
Originally posted by Havick007
I often wonder with all these messages and attempts to contact other races or species. Is it really so wise to broadcast our location and basic information.... We wouldnt want a dangerous or malevolant species coming our way would we? That is of course unless we have already had contact....
Beware the bearers of FALSE gifts & their BROKEN PROMISES.Much PAIN But Still time.(unclear word).There is GOOD out there.We oppose DECEPTION.COnduit CLOSING\
If this is made by true masterminds, all this confusion is not an error. I think the word "BELIEVE" is supposed to be found, but there is also a hint that there is something hidden beneath the surface. Probably the English text is only one level of the code, the simple sentences and odd using of capitals suggest this also. The deeper level may have information related to DNA. There is a scientist studying this possibility and I wait for his final conclusions. Also connections to the Mayan / Aztec Calendars are possible. Look at the message now: Beware the bearers of FALSE gifts & their BROKEN PROMISES.Much PAIN But Still time.BELIEVE.There is GOOD out there.We oppose DECEPTION.COnduit CLOSING\ And the problematic word once more with the "extra bits" added in they decimal values (0101 equals 5): B1ELIE5VE How I understand the message? There are people (institutions) who give us false gifts ("Signs" & other movies, alien toys, wrong ideologies etc.) and broken promises (not revealing important information, false political promises etc.). These people also give us the idea of an alien threat. There is much pain among people because all these false actions and attitudes of the elite. But we must BELIEVE: there is GOOD OUT THERE - meaning the POSITIVE E.T. and other beings. WE OPPOSE DECEPTION. "WE" is the GOOD aliens (even if it's spoken by human representatives).
And then, painting in Uzpekistan (a country in Asia, not far from Tibet). Apparently this painting was done by a Russian artist in 1967, as a part of a project for an international UFO related magazine.
Originally posted by Wirral Bagpuss
Actually we have been broadcasting since the 1930s. The 1936 Olympic Games spring to mind with a broadcast/speech by Hitler. Now that will be embarrasing to say the least if ET watches that. Hardly a sutable representive of humanity! What must they think of us. And not to mention all the tv transmissions/radar/other communications that have been broadcast into space as well.
Originally posted by -W1LL
reply to post by AdamsMurmur
I was thinking along the same lines.
binary decoded message
Beware the bearers of FALSE gifts & their BROKEN PROMISES.Much PAIN But Still time.(unclear word).There is GOOD out there.We oppose DECEPTION.COnduit CLOSING
Originally posted by Aliensun
It was interesting and news to me to hear that the Soviets chose to send a message of Venus in November of 1962. That particular attempt, versus, for example, sending it to Mars, supports my contention that the Soviets were convinced that Venus was the home of the UFOs, and they wanted to be the first from Earth to signal "Hello."
Originally posted by Tinman67
IMHO for a species to become far advanced they would have to become less aggressive and war-like. Lest they would have destroyed themselves with the advanced tech the had created.
Later that decade, Davis led a quasi-covert operation that recorded the vaginal contractions of ballerinas with the Boston Ballet and other women, then translated this impetus of human conception into text, music, phonetic speech and ultimately into radio signals, which were beamed from M.I.T.'s Millstone radar to Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti and two other nearby star systems.
The Air Force soon found out about the million-watt Poetica Vaginal broadcast, as Davis calls it, and shut it down. But the 20-minute message was many times longer than the the first deliberate attempt to say hello to extraterrestrial ham radio operators, a string of 1,679 bits that Carl Sagan and Frank Drake beamed from the giant dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 26 years ago. That message, like every engraved plaque and recorded video disk that NASA allowed on the Pioneer and Voyager space probes, made no attempt to convey what aliens would probably be most curious to know about humans: how we reproduce.
"The images of humans placed aboard the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft show impeccably groomed men that lack any facial and body hair," Davis hoots, "and women with no external genitalia." Poetica Vaginal was in part a response to this curious censorship. "By making this attempt to communicate with the other," he explains, "we're really communicating with ourselves."