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‘Global selfie’ project to beam earthling message to space

‘Global selfie’ project to beam earthling message to space
A new project aims to send a special message from Earth - a type of global ‘selfie’ - into space, by uploading it to a spacecraft traveling through the cosmos on its way to Pluto.

Led by Hawaii-based artist Jon Lomberg, the so-called One Earth project aims to beam pictures, sounds and other data representing the planet’s inhabitants to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

‘Why not make a crowdsourced self-portrait of Earth?’ Lomberg told a crowd Friday (12 Sept.) here at HawaiiCon, a science, sci-fi and fantasy conventionon the Big Island of Hawaii. Sci-fi celebrities from popular TV series and local astronomy experts mingled with convention attendees at the three-day event.

Famed astronomers Carl Sagan and Frank Drake first had the idea of sending a message from Earth to space in the form of a plaque on NASA’s Pioneer spacecraft. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 were launched in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and were the first probes to explore the area around Jupiter and Saturn.

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