Scientifica Story # 001 100,000 Earthlings send messages into space.
PARIS (Reuters News - 03:16 PM ET 03/12/97) More than 100,000 earthlings seized a chance to send messages into space on a rocket bound for a moon of the planet Saturn, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday.``We have received more than 100,000 signatures or messages like 'hello little green men' or 'peace and love','' said ESA spokesman Franco Bonacina. The messages, collected on the Internet computer network, are to be loaded on to a CD-ROM computer disc and launched on the Huygens probe on a rocket due to blast off from Cape Canaveral in October bound for Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Huygens will measure Titan's atmosphere when it arrives in 2004, while the CD-ROM will remain on the moon's surface as a token of human life in outer space. Bonacina said that the campaign had been a success even though it fell short of ESA's target of collecting a million messages. Including those leaving messages, about 1.5 million people had visited the ESA's Internet site, he said. The site, the first chance for normal earthlings to send messages into space, closed Monday. The messages ranged from whimsical invitations for aliens to come to dinner to appeals for galactic peace.
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