An interpretation of the message of Chibolton
The messages of Arecibo and of Chibolton read from top to bottom. In the superior line, numbers are indicated from 1 to 10 expressed in binary code. This line is identical in the two messages. Below appears, in the Arecibo message, the atomic numbers of the principal elements that constitute the human body, namely hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. A first difference appears in the Chibolton answer : the element silicon was added, signifying that the authors of this answer possess also silicon in their organism, in addition to the same elements as us. Below we find a simplified schema of the DNA molecule, with the number of basic nucleotides which constitute it. In the answer, we easily see that the corresponding molecule from the authors of the answer is more complex. Then below and in the centre, the representation of the silhouette of a human being with (on the right) the average size (1,74 m) and the world population in 1974 (4,29 billion). In the answer message, we discover the silhouette of a being represented with a huge head, small size (1,01 m), the corresponding population being 21,3 billion. Below we have, in the Arecibo message, a representation of the solar system with the sun (right) and its nine planets. The third planet (starting from the sun) is shifted to signify that the human being, authors of the message, inhabit this planet : the Earth. The four following planets that are giant planets are represented with greater dimensions.
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STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and Christer Fuglesang participate in the first of the mission’s three planned sessions of extravehicular activity as construction resumes on the International Space Station.
Image credit: NASA
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