Researchers want to send an encrypted message to aliens
Space researchers want to send an encrypted message to aliens, including illustrations of nude humans.
The proposal will be based on previous messages sent into space, mainly the Arecibo message, an interstellar radio message.
NASA has previously sent aspects of humanity into space. The Lucy 2021 mission included a poem, lyrics, and quotes from the Beatles and a fossil that belonged to the ancient ancestor of the man who named the mission.
The new proposal plans to leave out human culture and language altogether, focusing on concepts that may be more readable for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI): mathematics and physics.
The message includes a time stamp, a location stamp, a visual representation of the structure of DNA with double helixes and a hydrogen atom, visual explanations of algebra and other mathematical operations, an illustration of the solar system, a map of the earth and, of course, a smiling illustration of two human bodies, a male and a female.