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NASA wants to send nudes into space to attract aliens

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Hey ET, are you up? NASA plans to send nude photos into space as part of its latest attempt to contact other intelligent life in the universe, according to a study recently released by the space agency. However, the suggested unsolicited images will not be graphic photographs of real naked people as you might think.

Instead, they are basic anatomical drawings of a male and female accompanied by a representation of DNA. People wave, which probably makes them appear more welcoming to the galaxy and not creepy at all. The sketches were revealed in a study that’s part of a NASA project called « Beacon in the Galaxy, » which aims to stimulate communications with any extraterrestrial civilization that might be out there.

NASA's sketches include a depiction of naked people next to a DNA structure.

NASA’s sketches include a depiction of naked people next to a DNA structure.

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The broadcast message also includes a simple depiction of a world map and a diagram of how Earth’s gravity works. Scientists say the message will be written in binary code, which they believe could be comprehensively understood by extraterrestrials, according to the study.

« Although the concept of mathematics in human terms may not be apparent to ETI, binary is likely to be universal to all intelligences, » the study states. « Binary is the simplest form of mathematics because it involves only two opposing states: zero and one, yes or no, black or white, mass or empty space. »

The proposed message also includes basic mathematical and physical concepts « to establish a universal means of communication, followed by information on the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the time-stamped position of the Solar System in the Milky Way relative to known globular clusters, as well as digitized representations of the Solar System and the earth’s surface, » the study said.

This message was printed on a plaque attached to Voyagers I and II as they traveled through the solar system in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

This message was printed on a plaque attached to Voyagers I and II as they traveled through the solar system in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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This isn’t the first time NASA has broadcast images of naked humans into the far afterlife in hopes of attracting the attention of extraterrestrials. Previously, plaques and gold discs sent in the early 1970s on the Pioneer and Voyager missions, each led by famed astrophysicist Carl Sagan, contained illustrations of a naked man and woman, albeit in much less detail.

« The launch of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet, » Sagan concluded.

Hopefully the aliens won’t haunt us this time.



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