Messages beamed to “Earth-like” planet by Bebo

October 10th, 2008 - 1:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 10 (ANI): A digital time capsule was beamed in a high-powered radio wave in the direction of Gliese 581c, an “Earth-like” planet 20.5 light years away, with messages on board that were chosen by Bebo, a youth-orientated social networking site.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the message flew past Mars within four minutes of being broadcast from the gigantic RT-70 radio telescope, but won”t reach its destination until 2029.
It includes images of landmarks such as the London Eye and Edinburgh Castle, along with pictures of famous faces including Hillary Clinton, George W Bush, and television presenters Richard and Judy.
There are also hundreds of notes written by Bebo members about their lives, ambitions and views of Earth. The messages included in the digital capsule were selected by an online vote.
One message reads, “I wish I could be alive to see the day contact between the two worlds is made, I”ve been born way too early.”
Oli Madgett, who has been running the ”A Message From Earth” project for Bebo, said he hoped that any aliens living on Gliese 581c would be impressed with the notes “We”ve spent years developing this, and I”m really pleased we”ve reached this stage.”
“Over half a million people have got involved and been really enthusiastic about uploading their messages onto Bebo, which has been great to see,” said Madgett.
According to Madgett, “I think it has really captured people’’s imaginations and made them think about our own planet Earth and humanity’’s impact upon it. I hope whoever’’s out there is impressed by what Earth has to offer.”
Gliese 581c, which was discovered last year, has a radius that is 1.5 times the Earth’’s.
Scientists have estimated that its average temperature is between 0 and 40 C, meaning that water would exist in a liquid state - one of the essential ingredients for life as we know it. (ANI)

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