A crowdfunding project is bidding to commandeer Nasa’s Pluto probe and send if off into deep space to meet extraterrestrials with a message from the people Earth.
The plan is to upload 150MB of data, contributed by the backers of the One Earth Message campaign, to the tune of around 100 images and about an hour of audio recordings to the New Horizons craft whose current mission is to explore the surface of the dwarf planet and its moon Charon which lie at the furthest reaches of our solar system.
The project needs to reach its $500,000 goal of funding to make it fly along with NASA’s green light for the digital transfer of the message. Suggestions for what’s included in the transmission are of a map of the world complete with photos linked and tagged to specific locations.
25 years of the Hubble Telescope
25 years of the Hubble Telescope
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A Hubble image of a pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the light from nearby stars in the Carina nebula, located 7,500 light years away
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The sharpest view of the Orion Nebula from the Hubble Space Telescope, 2004–05
© NASA/ESA/M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
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This picture taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows six-light-year-wide expanding remnant of a star's supernova explosion, released in 2005
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The star HD 184738, also known as Campbell’s hydrogen star, surrounded by plumes of reddish gas — the fiery red and orange hues are caused by glowing gases, including hydrogen and nitrogen
ESA/Hubble & NASA
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The tip of the three-light-year-long pillar in a stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away from the Earth
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The Carina Nebula. Outflowing winds and intense ultraviolet radiation from the large stars shape the material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born
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This Hubble image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. As the two galaxies smash together, billions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The brightest and most compact of these are called super star clusters.
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
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Image of the Butterfly Nebula, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009
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A nebula named Knockout 4-55 (or K 4-55) photographed by Hubble in 2009
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The barred spiral galaxy M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel. The Hubble photograph captures thousands of star clusters, hundreds of thousands of individual stars, and 'ghosts' of dead stars called supernova remnants
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Kepler's supernova remnant produced by combining data from NASA's three Great Observatories the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory
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The Hubble Space Telescope shows the tattered remains of a supernova explosion known as Cassiopeia A. It is the youngest known remnant from a supernova explosion in the Milky Way
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The Hubble Space Telescope shows the Eagle Nebula's 'Pillars of Creation'. The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the intense radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars
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The Cone Nebula, an innocuous pillar of gas and dust
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An infrared image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a protostellar object LRLL 54361 and its rich cosmic neighbourhood, a region called IC 348
(NASA, ESA, and J. Muzerolle (STScI)
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The tendrils of a dark interstellar cloud being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster
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The NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, known as the Antennae Galaxies
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Siding Spring captured on Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula captured by the Hubble Telescope. A planetary nebula forms when Sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers that form bright nebulae
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Hubble Space Telescope shows Messier 57, the Ring Nebula
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Artist's concept of the star Fomalhaut and the Jupiter-type planet that the Hubble Space Telescope observed.
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A group of five galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet captured by Hubble. Three of the galaxies have distorted shapes, elongated spiral arms, and long, gaseous tidal tails containing myriad star clusters, proof of their close encounters
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Illuminating: the 'Whirlpool Galaxy'
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The Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy
NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
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This stunning image of NGC 1275 was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys in July and August 2006.
NASA, ESA and Andy Fabian (University of Cambridge, UK)
"It's not simply a photo contest," the project’s leader, Jon Lomberg, told Space.com. "It's a process that's going to find out what people want to send."
New Horizons is set to make the first-ever fly-by of Pluto on July 14. After its primary mission is complete, it will eventually head out into the Kuiper Belt - an asteroid belt-like region beyond our solar system - after which it’s hoped by Lomberg and his supporters that it may one day be found by an alien species possibly millions of years from now.
"We'll never know if this extraterrestrial audience that we're designing it for will receive it. But we do know that the people of Earth who participate, who play a role in it - it can literally change their lives."
The crowdfunding campaign is live on Fiat Physica just 3 per cent of the way towards its target but still 52 days left to draw in the pledges. You can support the project from as little as $5 but it’s a minimum of $50 to get your name written in the stars.Reuse content