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April 21st, 2005


Deep Space Communications Network
Cape Canaveral Florida

Contact: Jim Lewis
(321) 431-2815

Whales to sing to the stars on Earth Day 2005

Live Whale songs to be beamed into the space on Earth Day, April 22nd 2005

Cape Canaveral, Florida Deep Space Communications Network at www.deepspacecom.net has been contracted to send the first live Whale songs into deep space by the Sirius Institute located in Puna, Hawaii, on Earth Day Friday April 22nd 2005.

"We feel it is important to invite the Cetacea (dolphins and whales), the oldest sentient race on the planet to our Earth Day celebration and share their songs with the universe" said Dr. Michael Hyson, Research Director for the Sirius Institute.

Humpback whale songs were part of the recording that were included on gold discs sent on the Voyager Spacecraft but this is the first time that live whale songs will be transmitted into space.

According to Deep Space Communications Network's Director Jim Lewis, the signal will be broadcast using a 5 meter parabolic dish antenna will be detectable some 3.5 light years into deep space covering an estimated distance of 18-trillion miles. "This distance is what would be detectable with our terrestrial based technology, the distance the whale songs signal could go into the universe beyond the 18 trillion miles and still be detectable by other non-terrestrial systems is an ongoing matter of speculation" said Lewis of Deep Space Communications.

Members of the whale chorus whose songs will be sent live into space are from pods of Humpback whales off the coast of Maui. Whalesong.net will be providing the live feed of whale music. The Whalesong site feeds continuous live audio from a hydrophone (underwater microphone) in the Pacific Ocean near Maui, Hawai'i. The hydrophone is located in an area where whales and other marine life are regularly observed.

This is the first major outreach project of the Cetacean Commonwealth, which celebrates its 3rd. anniversary this Earth Day.  Its purpose is to speak and act on behalf of the Cetacea while encouraging interspecies communications that will enable them to speak on their
own behalf.

About the participants

Deep Space Communications Network-

Deep Space Communications Network is a private organization located right next the Kennedy Space Center. DSCN was formed specifically to communicate with outer-space by a group of broadcast engineers and communications experts that regularly transmit from the space center.

The goal of Deep Space Communications Network is to make space communications available to the general public and private organizations world wide. The first transmission was completed in March of 2005 for the online community Craigslist when over 138,000 private messages were sent into deep space.

Sirius Institute -

The Sirius Institute is a group of dolphin and whale researchers based in Puna, Hawaii. The founding partner is Paradise Newland and the research director is Michael T. Hyson, Ph.D., a neurobiologist. Sirius Institute is a tax-exempt research consortium with the purpose of "dolphinizing" the planet. This means the integration of the Cetacea (dolphins and whales) into our culture. A second goal is the "humanization of space" which involves the settlement of the solar system and beyond. The Sirius Institute, PlanetPuna, and the Aloha Planet are working in conjunction with the Whalesong Project at www.whalesong.net

The WhaleSong Project -

Whalesong is a group of volunteers dedicated to inspiring stewardship of the oceans and the environment, and to helping "give a microphone" to important voices so they may be heard above the noise of the modern world.

We believe that the voices of the natural world, and of Hawaiian and other native cultures that have a connection with that world, carry inspiration and mana'o (wisdom) that can help carry humanity into the future in a more benevolent way. www.whalesong.net

Media Contacts & More information:

Deep Space Communications Network

Jim Lewis, Director
e-mail whales@deepspacecom.net
(321) 431-2815

More information available at http://www.deepspacecom.net/faq.html

Sirius Institute

Dr. Michael Hyson, Research Director
e-mail siriusinstitute@yahoo.com
(808) 965-1892

More information available at http://planetpuna.com/faq.htm


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