Sunday, October 12, 2014

Beam Me Up, Uwingu! To Mars

Credit: Uwingu

Hear us out Martians! More than 80,000 messages have been already submitted to Uwingu’s “Beam me to Mars” website. The project will send those messages together to Mars by radio transmission as a global shout-out on Nov. 28, 2014. This date is the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft, the first mission to the Red Planet. As it turns out, many celebrities want their voice to be heard on Mars, and now it’s the right time to shine bright, also over vast reddish Martian fields. Hollywood actors Seth Green, Clare Grant, George Takei and Ryan Merriman are already on the list. Scientific celebrities like Alan Stern – planetary scientist, the founder of Uwingu and the former NASA's Associate Administrator, are going to beam their messages too. Stern would beam it straight and loud: “To the future of humankind as a two-planet species! That future can't arrive soon enough," he told astrowatch.net.

That’s right, the “Beam me to Mars” project is a great reminder that we’re on the verge colonizing the Red Planet and truly becoming a two-planet habitants. The manned mission to Mars era is about to start, so would you beam our messages, Uwingu?

Ryan Merriman is challenging Mars to a game of horseshoes: “Hey Mars, I'm from Oklahoma, there's a lot of red dirt where I come from too. I challenge you to a game of horseshoes!” he writes on the project’s webpage.

Space celebrity, former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield reminds of the half a century Mars exploring history and promises that we will definitely visit our neighboring planet. “Greetings neighbor planet! Thank you for being so patient with our 50 years of probing; you’ve taught us a lot,” he writes. “Earthlings are explorers by nature, and will come visit Mars in person as soon as we can properly figure out how. Until then, all 7 billion of us wave hello from here on our blue planet, shining brightly in your sky,” he adds.

Uwingu explains that all the messages will land on Mars. Some of the radio waves will also spread around Mars and fly out of our solar system into interstellar space. Others will reflect off Mars back toward Earth where they will return 30 minutes after being launched. The messages will also be delivered by hand to Congress, to NASA, and to the United Nations.

“We scanned the Martian sky. We sniffed at the Martian air. We laid our remote eyes on the Martian soil. We search for signs of water and water and life, as we sought to learn more of our own origin and perhaps the origin life in our Solar System. It drives us even today. Were we to discover life on Mars, it would change our world back on Earth,” that’s the message that Bill Nye, The Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society would send. “We made discoveries 50 years ago that astonished us. Here’s hoping none of us has imagined what discoveries will be made here in the next 50 Earth years.”

So, what are you waiting for? Mars is waiting to hear you out. All you have to do is visit the project’s page and send your own words. Who knows, maybe someday as a two-planet species we will communicate with each other via interplanetary radio transmissions? And drink coffee on Mars, like Seth Green and Clare Grant hope to do so someday: “We can't wait to eventually enjoy one of your many Starbucks and float in the lazy river at Atlantis Mars. Be patient, we're coming.”

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