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SETI organizes a worldwide exercise for “First contact” with radio signal.

In an unprecedented move, the Institute for the Research of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has launched an exercise that could change the way we view the cosmos. It is not the arrival of extraterrestrials, but with the exercise " A sign in space" we get close. This project is a cosmic exercise, an opportunity for the public to engage in decoding a radio message transmitted from Mars to Earth.

The mastermind of this interplanetary enterprise is the artist Daniela de Paulis, who declared: “Receiving a message from an extraterrestrial civilization would be a profoundly transforming experience for all of humanity”. The artist imagines “A sign in space” as a “global theatre”, uniting researchers, artists and the general public for a common purpose.

The encoded message, created by de Paulis and his team, will be sent from Mars via the European Space Agency's (ESA) ExoMars orbiter. Then, about 16 minutes later, its arrival on Earth will be detected by radio telescopes, including the Allen Telescope Array, the Green Bank Telescope and the Medicina Radio Astronomical Station (BO).

But the event doesn't end there. The decoded message will be made publicly available, triggering a worldwide exercise in decoding and understanding. In addition, a Discord server has been created to share your insights and discoveries.

“This experiment is an opportunity for the world to learn how the SETI community … will work together to receive, process, analyze and understand the meaning of a potential extraterrestrial signal,” explained Wael Farah, Allen Telescope Array project scientist. He underscored the interdisciplinary nature of the enterprise, emphasizing that communication with potential extraterrestrial entities goes beyond simple astronomy.

This project presents a new approach to understanding our place in the universe. Invite a global community to share the exciting possibility of alien communication, enhancing our understanding of how such a scenario could play out. With "A sign in space", SETI takes the first steps to prepare humanity for potential contact with extraterrestrials.

The broadcast times are as follows: London – 8pm on 24 May; Sydney – 5am on 25 May; New York – 3:00 pm on May 24; Beijing – 3:00 on May 25th.

ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will beam the radio message back to Earth. The data will be made publicly accessible after the message is received by three radio astronomy observatories, including the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in California.

Discussions will be held via zoom, inviting scientists and members of the public from around the world to share their thoughts and findings as the project progresses. A Mark in Space” is a unique and creative experiment that promises to reshape our understanding of the universe and our place within it.

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This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/il-seti-organizza-unesercitazione-mondiale-per-il-primo-contatto-con-segnale-radio/ on Wed, 24 May 2023 20:07:39 +0000.