A global team of space scientists and artists have joined forces for a project called “A Sign in Space,” which aims to simulate humanity’s first contact with alien life.
The team is asking the public for their interpretations of a simulated message from an extraterrestrial civilization sent from a satellite orbiting Mars.
The transmission, sent from the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, was detected by radio telescopes in California, West Virginia, and Italy.
The specific encoded message remains undisclosed until its transmission.
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The project, led by interdisciplinary artist Daniela de Paulis, seeks to engage the worldwide SETI community and professionals from various fields, as well as the general public, in decoding and interpreting the message.
The team plans to host global live-streaming events on social media, featuring interviews with key members of the team.
The processed data will be securely stored by the SETI Institute in collaboration with Breakthrough Listen Open Data Archive and Filecoin for future analysis and decoding efforts.
Contributions and discussions regarding the message can be made through the project’s Discord server and submission form.
Additionally, the team will organize Zoom-based discussions open to the public, exploring the societal implications of detecting a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization over the course of six to eight weeks following the transmission.