NASA, and various other space-based associations, have tried sending all kinds of things through space in order to communicate with alien life – one of the most recent examples being the Beetles’ “Across the Universe” track that was sent in 2008. This year, a project called Lone Signal will attempt to communicate with alien life via GIF.
The GIF is going to be sent to Gliese 526, a solar system that many believe could be habitable, via a large radio dish in California on June 18th. The solar system is more than 17 light years away, meaning it won’t arrive at its destination until 2018.
The GIF, which is shown above, is title “Humans watching Digital Art”, and could very well be the first thing aliens ever see of mankind. Regardless of whether or not you believe other forms of life are out there, I think we all can agree that this isn’t the ideal GIF to be sending extraterrestrial life forms. Luckily, we’re not stuck with that message. After sending the GIF, Lone Signal intends to allow anyone to send their message through the stars soon – for a fee of course.
Lone Signal hasn’t announced any details about when they’ll be receiving orders for these messages, nor how much it’ll cost to send one. How much should a message through space cost anyway? It’s just a GIF after all.
Source – The Verge