Scientists prepare message to beam into space but say humanity won't survive to hear it

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A team of scientists hopes to make contact with aliens by sending a message into space but they have doubt that humanity will live long enough to see the response

Scientists are ready to launch a message into space in order to contact aliens, but they are sceptical that humans will survive long enough to hear a response.

A group of scientists working on the Beacon in the Galaxy (BITG) initiative will transmit data about our world and cultures to extraterrestrials who may be listening.

They intend to transmit the message to a cluster of stars between 6,500 and 19,500 light-years away in the Milky Way.

The team is hoping that aliens who receive the new message will respond and address the question of whether or not humans are alone in the universe.

According to Jonathan Jiang, co-author of the study and a principal scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

the current state of the planet could result in mankind being annihilated before a response is received.

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In an interview with Fox13, he stated: "The greatest danger is that humans have a predisposition to try to destroy themselves.

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"There are many difficulties with humanity right now, and Stephen Hawking is concerned about whether we can survive another thousand years."

NASA's Pioneer space exploration missions in the 1970s, according to Jiang, were also aimed to make contact with potential alien civilisations.

The spacecraft used for these missions had a graphic message bolted to the mainframe on a six-by-nine-inch gold anodized plaque.

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