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Text Messaging to the Extraterrestrials

June 19, 2013

Nowadays, almost everyone enjoys the activity of text messaging—grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, daughter, sons, mothers and fathers. So, why wouldn’t an alien?

Yes, your heard me, I said aliens may soon begin leveraging the incredibly popular communication channel known as text messaging, all because of new project called Lone Signal. Reported to be launched early next week, Lone Signal is being highlighted as the "first continuous, collective and cohesive METI [Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence] experiment of its kind." Basically how it works is texts can be sent right into space and are then directed towards planets that could possibly boast some type of life form. Interesting to say the least, right?

The first planet on the roster to begin receiving these text messages is the star system known as Gliese 526, which just happens to be very close in proximity to the sun. If you have long been interested in life forms outside of our planet yet aren’t sure you can afford the roaming fees that could quickly rack up by texting into space, don’t worry, because these messages are actually free.

How does it work?

Sent from the Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel Valley, Calif., to Gliese 526, which is nearly 17.6 light years away from Earth, the text messages will be transmitted using two signals that include one binary signal that will send detailed information about Earth, while the other one sends the exact texts created by individuals participating in the experiment.

According to Lone Star Co-Founder Pierre Fabre, the "scientific goals are to discover sentient beings outside of our solar system...but an important part of this project is to get people to look beyond themselves and their differences by thinking about what they would say to a different civilization."

The Benefits

Through participating in this test, those of you who have long wondered about people or creatures living and breathing outside of Earth may soon receive an answer to that burning question. And if not, at least it could serve as a way to increase awareness into how big the solar system actually is to those who are completely oblivious.

People have actually already begun to submit their greetings for the endeavor with one individual penning the message, “Looking forward to having coffee with E.T."

Stay closely tuned to the Text Messaging Channel, exclusively on TMCnet to see how this fun text messaging project pans out!

Edited by Alisen Downey
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