Posted by Vishva News Reporter on May 12, 2005

Humpback Whale Breach

Whale song sent out into deep space

From Canadian Consulting Engineers: : As part of the celebrations for Earth Day on April 22, live whale song from the oceans around Hawaii is being beamed trillions of miles into deep space. This is the first time live whale song has been broadcast into space, although discs with whale song were sent on board the Voyager Spacecraft.

The Sirius Institute in Hawaii arranged for the live transmission by contracting the Deep Space Communications Network in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Dr. Michael Hyson, research director for the Sirius Institute, said "We feel it is important to invite the Cetacea (dolphins and whales), the oldest sentient race on the planet, to our Earth Day celebration and share their songs with the universe."

The whale song is recorded by a volunteer group, "The Whalesong Project," which has placed an underwater microphone (hydrophone) on a floating platform near an area of active marine life. From there, using a 250mW experimental VHF transmitter, the sounds are beamed to a receiver onshore on the Island of Maui and then fed to an internet audio connection.

To blast the songs into space, Deep Space Communications Network is using a 5-metre parabolic dish antenna. It estimates the sound will reverberate 3.5 light years into deep space, covering a distance of 18 trillion miles.

Whales and dolphins use sound to navigate and communicate across vast oceans. The "The Whalesong Project," web site notes that their sonic world is now being threatened by human activities such as military technologies, scientific research that uses high intensity sound, and undersea explosions related to the search for oil and minerals. Ocean life is also under siege from global warming, carbon dioxide dumping, and chemical and radioactive pollution.

(Please visit the web sites marked in red hilite in this news posting just by clicking on the hilite to learn more about this news item and also whale preservation and space exploration)

Since humans first gazed at the stars, they have wondered if there is someone or something out there.

Are we alone?

The topic of extraterrestrial life continues to be one of the most fascinating enigmas of all science. Governments and Universities have spent millions of dollars pinging the universe to try to find and contact other life forms beyond our earth. You have most likely seen the giant antennas and radio telescopes, such as the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico that was featured in the James Bond Movie “Golden Eye” and the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia featured in the movie “Dish” that look out into interplanetary and deep space for answers.

Deep Space Communications Network is a private organization located right next the Kennedy Space Center. DSCN was formed specifically to communicate with outer-space by a group of broadcast engineers and communications experts that regularly transmit from the space center.

In STAR TREK 4 MOVIE: THE VOYAGE HOME the Whalesong was used by space ship ENTERPRISE to save the planet Earth from destruction by the alien space ship which would determine if a planet was friendly if it found whales by picking up their Whalesong....May be this present project by Deep Space Communications Network to
Whalesong 3.5 billion light years = 18 trillion miles is the sound the alien spaceship in the Star Trek movie is talking about in the 23rd century to come....

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