Videos and pictures will be sent into space at light speed, traveling for millions of years. This broadcast will be the world’s first video message sent into deep space on a laser.
The video project is called Extra-Terrestrial Transmission or ETx. It has been put together by SuperlativeTV founded in London, England by Kerri Meehan and Alex Ressel. The message is a transmittable time capsule that contains 500MB of data, messages and videos from around the world that best represent life on Earth today. Ressel says “it might be the first message that alien intelligence ever receive from Earth.”
Messages and videos for ETx will be collected from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and from SuperlativeTV's social networks. Ressel plans that the message will travel through space for eternity, or until someone or something receives it. Etx is “an alien artefact, a time capsule for a future civilisation” Meehan added.
The project is an attempt to portray life on earth with extra-terrestrial intelligence. If the message is received by alien life, given the manner of the binary data, it would be very difficult to decode. Ressel relates his project with Carl Sagan’s 1974 Arecibo Message, which was written so as to be decodable with the use of prime numbers.
Outer Space Message Service will transmit ETx into deep space from a laser starting on December 16th. The message will be sent in a series of long duration signals spanning approximately 6 days. “It’s a very exciting project” said Outer Space Message founder, Rob Michaels. “We look forward to sending it, this is the first time we have been asked to send a video into space, particularly since it is a large video.”
A multi-screen video of ETx was shown at London's Enclave Projects. The showing was part of a group show called Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Marker, Spare Part. A review of the screening can be found here. http://thisistomorrow.info/articles/tomb-shrine-survey-marker-spare-part
The message will be sent by Outer Space Message starting on Tuesday December 16h, stay tuned for the launch.