Aussies to Zap Text Messages at Mystery Planet

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 5:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An Australian science magazine is soliciting text messages to send to a mysterious planet more than 20 light-years away, reports. Called "Hello from Earth," the project aims to transmit 160-character missives to Gliese 581d, a so-called "Super Earth" discovered 2 years ago. "Will we get a reply? No one knows," says a Cosmos magazine editor. "But why don't we send a message and find out?"

Messages are already pouring in, including:

  • "We're trying to get over wars [on] our planet, but greed is greater than our dreams. Lots of us know that this is wrong and won't give up!"
  • "We're a company ... looking to extend our market ... any opportunity to do some business with you? Special price for you!
Messages can be sent to for the Aug. 24 transmission.