You can participate in the project in a variety of ways, according to Lone Signal officials:
- Share Beams/Track Beams: Once signed in, users can see how far their beam has traveled from Earth as well as share this information with others.
- Dedicate Beams: Friends and family can dedicate a beam to loved ones
- Explore: The Explore section gives beamers current data on the Lone Signal beam, who is sending messages, from where on Earth and other information.
- Blog/Twitter – The Lone Signal science team and other contributors will post opinion articles and share science news and updates via social media.
The initial text-only message is free, but you can buy an unlimited number of text and photo messages that will be queued up and sent into space, officials said. After the first free communication, a text message costs one credit and a photo message costs three. Four credits can be purchased for $0.99.
"We are absolutely part of the private sector in terms of space and what's happening in space, and we are the kind of teenager alongside SpaceX and Virgin Galactic," Lone Signal CEO Jamie King said. "We want to be part of the wider conversation and exploration into space. We do need to make a profit in order to sustain the operating costs in order to keep doing it."
The project isn't just about creating a rapport with possible alien life-forms on exoplanets circling distant stars; it could also be a way to preserve human culture into the future, Lone Signal officials said.
"There really is a time capsule argument," Haqq-Misra said. "Even if you're not communicating with a 'watcher' now, you're putting this time capsule out into space for all of time."
You can learn more about this initiative on the Lone Signal website.
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