Bebo to send messages to space

Social network Bebo has teamed up with RDF Digital to create a digital time capsule to send personal messages and pictures to the nearest planet that could hold life. The information will be beamed 120 trillion miles into space to Gliese 581C, considered to be the nearest planet that could potentially contain life similar to our own. As part of the 'A Message From Earth' project, Bebo users can create their own images or text via an application and vie for a spot in the final 500. The messages to be sent will be chosen via a web vote, which runs until 30 September 2008. "A Message From Earth presents an opportunity for the digital natives of today, for whom the internet is both a fact of life and an integral part of their lives, to reconnect with science and the wider universe in a simple, fun and immersive way," said Mark Charkin, vice president of Sales at Bebo. Read more at vnunet.com