Amid the search moving toward finding life beyond the parameters of Earth, receiving an alien signal from Mars is clearly a great start. But can that mean shifting civilization to Mars is possible someday? While we don’t know that, we do know that the alien message was sent by Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). It is the European Space Agency’s spacecraft orbiting around Mars that transmitted the signal.
The Secret Alien Message From Mars
The message was sent on May 24th, after 9:00 PM. This transmission is really a part of the A Sign in Space project that allows participants to enter the realm of unknown territory and explore. This project will help us understand the collective knowledge about the universe and what place we hold in it. When it comes to decoding the secret alien message, it will surely take some time as it comes with various unencountered challenges to tackle. What’s more intriguing is that even the public can help decode the message now. You can simply visit SETI’s website, download the message, and give it a go.
Why Send a Message to Ourselves?
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute formed a team of scientists, researchers, and even artists to work on the project. The lead artist behind the project, Daniela de Paulis, explained how receiving an alien message from beyond would bring out an intellectual transformation of humankind. According to a statement given by ATA Project Scientist Dr. Wael Farah, this experiment will be an opportunity for the world to know how the SETI community will work together, and how receiving, processing, and analyzing the data sent from Mars will help us get a clearer picture of the potential alien signals to come. He also added that with the A Sign in Space project, they hope to bring a diverse community together to solve this challenge.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the major conservation laws in the USA. It was put in place to help recover endangered species and prevent needless extinction. Since it was created in 1973, the ESA has been continuously refreshed to adapt to new circumstances and improve how it works towards its goals. The act has achieved some of its objectives, and experts are preparing to evaluate how successful it has been so far.
The Benefits of ESA
ESA has been a huge success for American wildlife. Based on the reports presented by the Center for Biological Diversity, the act has saved over 1,600 species from extinction and prevented countless others from joining them on the brink. American alligators, gray wolves, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and humpback whales are a few of the endangered species that were saved. In addition to protecting individual animals, the ESA has also been credited with helping save entire ecosystems by preventing habitat loss through logging and other activities. The ESA helps many small populations of animals who would not otherwise survive in some areas of their natural habitat. Approximately 227 species would have become extinct if the law was not introduced.
Inadequacies and Reasons
Although there is no doubt that ESA has produced promising results in the past, many studies from Columbia and Princeton researchers show there are not adequate funds being allotted for the conservation of wildlife species. When calculated per species, ESA funding has dropped by roughly 50% since 1985. They also discovered that from 5.9 years in the 1990s to 9.1 years more recently, the average wait time for a species to be listed has nearly doubled over the years. The end result is that by the time a species is protected, it may already have reached a stage where the ESA may no longer be of use. That being said, over the years, ESA has done an incredible job and continues to do so.