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Message 967865 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 17:33:56 UTC

I found a rather old documentary talking about the first signal ever catched by the SETI program, wich has a story very similar to what seen in the movie "CONTACT".

This signal was found coming from gliese 1116 in 1997 by signal technician Don Merrick, later on it was decodified and it was found out it was a sort of a technical drawing of a complex machine, the drawing was aired on TV on May 25th, 1999.
I've seen on this documentary the names of the people working on the project: Ben Klatsky, Jane Lascelles and others like Rosemary Gallo from NASA.

What I find rather odd is that i can't find ANY information about this fact on the internet or about the people involved, nothing at all.
All I've got is just that tv documentary. Anyone from SETI can give further information about this?
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Message 967872 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 17:50:42 UTC - in response to Message 967865.

Keep in mind that there are many SETI projects that are not all interconnected. For example, SETI@Home (this project) is separate from the SETI Institute (which Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen regularly donates to). This may complicate the search for your answer, but I don't think anybody at this project has discovered a signal as of yet (we wouldn't really know as we're still in the data collecting phase).
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Message 967873 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 17:52:52 UTC - in response to Message 967865.

I found a rather old documentary talking about the first signal ever catched by the SETI program, wich has a story very similar to what seen in the movie "CONTACT".

This signal was found coming from gliese 1116 in 1997 by signal technician Don Merrick, later on it was decodified and it was found out it was a sort of a technical drawing of a complex machine, the drawing was aired on TV on May 25th, 1999.
I've seen on this documentary the names of the people working on the project: Ben Klatsky, Jane Lascelles and others like Rosemary Gallo from NASA.

What I find rather odd is that i can't find ANY information about this fact on the internet or about the people involved, nothing at all.
All I've got is just that tv documentary. Anyone from SETI can give further information about this?


Do you mean the WOW signal?
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Message 967878 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 18:03:08 UTC - in response to Message 967873.

If so, that WOW! signal was discovered on Aug. 15th, 1977. Wikipedia article on the WOW! signal.
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Message 967883 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 18:37:05 UTC

No it wasn't the WOW signal... I suppose that documentary is a pure fake, however it's a Discovery Channel production.


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Message 967899 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 19:22:16 UTC - in response to Message 967883.

There was one memorable signal received in 1997.
But if memory serves, that signal came from Vega via Hollywood, not gliese.

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Message 967903 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 19:28:53 UTC - in response to Message 967865.

I found a rather old documentary talking about the first signal ever catched by the SETI program, wich has a story very similar to what seen in the movie "CONTACT".

This signal was found coming from gliese 1116 in 1997 by signal technician Don Merrick, later on it was decodified and it was found out it was a sort of a technical drawing of a complex machine, the drawing was aired on TV on May 25th, 1999.
I've seen on this documentary the names of the people working on the project: Ben Klatsky, Jane Lascelles and others like Rosemary Gallo from NASA.

What I find rather odd is that i can't find ANY information about this fact on the internet or about the people involved, nothing at all.
All I've got is just that tv documentary. Anyone from SETI can give further information about this?



Found some info about it here: http://rapid.org/board/showthread.php?p=339615
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Message 967916 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 20:11:52 UTC - in response to Message 967903.

This doesn't directly pertain to the question at hand, and it received little attention or press in the US at the time. In 1977 an unknown entity took over control of 5 Independent Broadcasting Authority transmitters in England for 5+ minutes. The unknown broadcaster, know as "Gramaha", transmitted an extraterrestrial message before returning control.

Link to transcript of Gramaha's message

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Message 970654 - Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 2:56:45 UTC

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Message 973119 - Posted: 22 Feb 2010, 12:53:44 UTC

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