Empire Vale kids offer cup of friendship
THE kids at Empire Vale Public School are a friendly lot, prepared to offer a cup of locally-grown sugar to neighbours living as far away as 20 million light years.
“At Empire Vale in NSW we grow loads of sugar. If you ever run out, feel free to pop over for a cup, neighbour,” wrote one student as part of a National Science Week project to communicate with any extraterrestrial life forms living on the planet Gliese.
The messages will be transmitted from Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex in co-operation with NASA.
The project has prompted students to think about life on other planets, and the concepts of distance and time in space.
“By the time you get this text I will be 28. By then I will be allowed to drink alcohol, get married, vote and drive a car (not at the same time). You are invited to my birthday party,” wrote another student.
Empire Vale teacher Karen Hinrichsen said the National Science Week project was too unusual an opportunity to pass up.
“A lot of children look up at the stars and wonder if there is life up there,” Ms Hinrichsen said.
“It was interesting to see what the children wanted to say to the people of Gliese.
“Some messages were humorous, some were inquisitive and some wanted to inform.
“It opened up their creative writing to a whole new audience. I just hope the Gliesians can read English.”
Anyone keen to send a message to Gliese, which is eight times larger but has similar atmospheric conditions to Earth, can do so at www.hellofrom earth.net until August 24.