Email into space

I just stumbled across a website that lets you talk to aliens! In fact they don't stop there as you can even send emails to little green men if you don't have a phone. The website is called talktoaliens.com and seems to be one of several companies offering to send phone calls, emails and even entire websites into space. On the 11th March a company called Deep Space Communications Network (a bit too similar to NASA's Deep Space Network in name if you ask me) sent a community website advertising classified listings for jobs and housing into space. Do they think that E.T. would like to rent a two bedroom apartment or get a job as an electrician?

Actually, the messages probably won't get very far anyway. The talktoaliens.com dish is only 10.5 feet in diameter so isn't going to be too great. The CNN article claims that messages may go as far as one to three light years so it won't even reach the nearest star outside the solar system. So much for sending a message to 'the deepest reaches of the cosmos' as talktoaliens.com claims. Paying USD 3.99 per minute to talk to empty space reminds me of dodgy star naming companies and their money making schemes.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 25th Mar 2005 (22:39 UTC) | Permalink
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