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An Australian website is giving texting an intergalactic touch and allowing users to send short mobile phone-type messages into space. From Wednesday and until August 24, people hankering for an out-of-this-world experience can visit www.HelloFromEarth.net to post messages no longer than 160 characters that will be transmitted to Gliese 581d, the nearest Earth-like planet outside the solar system likely to support life. Expected delivery time, however, is some 20 years, the website said. And there’s no guarantee of a response. “It’s like a ‘message in a bottle’ cast out into the stars. What’s interesting is not just whether there’s anyone listening, but what the public will say to intelligent life on another planet,” said project spokesperson Wilson da Silva. “Hello From Earth is our way of showing that science can make the impossible possible. We have been to the moon and now, we can speak to the stars,” he said in a statement.

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