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Although humans have been trying to contact alien life for more than 150 years, so far none of our attempts have worked—at least none that the public know of.
In a bid to grab ET's attention, NASA scientists have decided to up the ante by firing a cartoon of two nude people into deep space.
The 'Beacon in the Galaxy' (BITG) project aims to send a message to other civilisations in space that invites them to come and talk to us. It includes a depiction of gravity, DNA, and pixelated drawings of a human male and female couple waving hello.
The galactic beacon leaves nothing to the imagination, with the blocky nudes' bits dangling out in full view.
The reason scientists have chosen these images is because of the challenges of communicating with species which may have a completely different form of language to humanity.
“The proposed message includes basic mathematical and physical concepts to establish a universal means of communication followed by information on the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the Solar System’s time-stamped position in the Milky Way relative to known globular clusters, as well as digitized depictions of the Solar System, and Earth’s surface,” the scientists behind the project write in a study.
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The message is coded in binary, which uses a series of 1s and 0s. This is considered a universal language of sorts as it uses the two very basic units of communication.
“Though the concept of mathematics in human terms is potentially unrecognizable to [extraterrestrial intelligence], binary is likely universal across all intelligence.
"Binary is the simplest form of mathematics as it involves only two opposing states: zero and one, yes or no, black or white, mass or empty space. Hence, the transmission of the code as binary would very likely be understandable to all ETI and is the basis of the BITG message.”
Hopefully aliens won't be upset about the unsolicited nudes, and happy to send us some back.
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