The Beacon in the Galaxy project has proposed sending a new message into space to contact e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ intelligence in the Milky Way.
BITG is a project that brings together specialists from various institutions such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Department of Aerospace Engineering (USA), as well as universities in the UK, the Netherlands and C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳.
“Space letter”, which is proposed to be sent to possible “brothers in mind” – a message encoded in a binary system, includes information about the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the position of the solar system in the Milky Way, as well as digitized scientific data, “a detailed description of naked human bod̳i̳e̳s” and an invitation to a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s to “reply” or “visit Earth”.
Danger of invasion
When Beacon in the Galaxy first shared the plans with space scientists, the UK’s University of Oxford sounded the alarm about NASA’s plans to broadcast Earth’s position and other information about the planet into space.
In their opinion, “these efforts could have dangerous unintended consequences, including launching an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ invasion.”
Anders Sandberg, a senior fellow at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), argues that such a broadcast could be risky.
“In the unlikely event that an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ civilization receives the message,” he told the Telegraph newspaper, “the response may not be just a friendly greeting.”
Another FHI scientist at Oxford, Toby Ord, has suggested that there should be public comment before sending signals to a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s, as “space broadcast” could be “used to capture earthlings”:
“The danger, of course, is small, but we do not know with whom or what we may encounter and therefore we cannot control the likely consequences.”
While scientists argue, the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ is “monitoring U̳F̳O̳s”
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a May 17 hearing on the results of 143 U̳F̳O̳ sightings recorded between 2004 and 2021.
This was announced by Congressman Andre Carson. Having specified that the hearings will be held by the subcommittee of the Committee on Intelligence for Combating Terrorism, Counterintelligence.
“Because this is an area of high public interest, any excessive secrecy may serve as an obstacle to unraveling the mystery, or it may prevent us from finding solutions to potential vulnerabilities,” Carson said, specifying that “the undersecretary will report on the work done to study the encounters with U̳F̳O̳s.”
Recall that in 2017 it turned out that the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ has a project known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (Advanced Program for the Identification of Aerospace Threats – Eng), which collects information about alleged meetings of American pilots with U̳F̳O̳s and “unexplained aerial phenomena.”
The P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ even released three videos in 2020 of unidentified objects performing strange maneuvers in the vicinity of US Air Force aircraft.