The European Space Agency is gearing up to send a message 434 light-years away to a distant star, and they’d like to include your message.
Sadly, you won’t be able to send something like “What’s up, Starry McStarFace?” or anything like that. Instead, the initiative seeks to answer the question: "How will our present environmental interactions shape the future?” So, the project will include responses from the public to the query. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the ESA, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Johns Hopkins University and the European Southern Observatory.
The deadline for submissions is Sept. 16, and once the messages are compiled, the ESA's Cebreros deep-space antenna in Madrid will beam it to the distant star. The goal of the mission is to open an “ongoing dialogue concerning how our civilization collectively perceives its role within shaping the future of the environment and establish a means by which we may collectively analyze these perspectives for cross-cultural universals within this single, global human community.”