British radio station Fun Kids broke the record for first radio program broadcast in deep space.
The program, named “Mission Transmission”, was sent into space in an attempt to establish contact with an extraterrestrial civilization.
The radio programme, which features children from across the UK, mixed with messages from around the world and pop music, took place through a unified effort from the UK and Texas, USA.
The broadcast was sent as a radio signal with a light wave that takes 1.3 seconds to pass the moon and travels at the speed of light (299,792,458 meters per second).
The radio message, which will remain audible for millions of years, will take:
- 4.2 years to reach our next closest star, Proxima Centauri, excluding the Sun
- 2.5 million years to reach the next galaxy
“Fun Kids is known to be available across the UK, but now we can say ‘across the universe!'” – Adam Stoner, producer of Fun Kids
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, home to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), was the location of this epic record.
Free from any form of light pollution, a thousand stars shone brightly above the observatory on the night of the attack, which took place right on the Prime Meridian line.
“The Royal Observatory Greenwich is incredibly pleased to partner with Fun Kids to send the show into space,” said Emily Drabek-Maunder, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
“Perhaps many years from now someone will pick up our broadcast in space and listen to our message from another solar system!”
But Fun Kids, Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday and record-breaking astronaut Tim Peake (UK) made sure to tick all the boxes of an ‘epic extraterrestrial contact’: red button, a countdown drama and plenty of space -kid loving.
Fun Kids received over 2,500 submissions and included as many voices as possible in the message which was broadcast around the world and across the galaxy on Monday night.
“We’re so thrilled to be able to send hundreds of children’s voices into space and make history with our radio program. Making a ‘first’ record is really, really special. It’s amazing to know that , in the same way, the voices of our listeners will forever travel through the universe, we will forever keep this ‘first’!” –Adam Stoner
“One of the biggest challenges when creating this radio program was deciding what should be on it,” added Fun Kids producer Adam Stoner, one of the minds behind the “Mission Transmission” project.
“Everyone who submitted something to us had their name sent to space, but only the best got a seat on the radio rocket.”
The red button to start the message was pressed by a crowd of space-loving children and record-breaking astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station, launching the radio program into space.
“Just statistically, when you look up at the sky, there must be other life forms out there. There must be civilizations.” said the record-breaking astronaut.
“When you think of aliens, it sounds very childish, doesn’t it? But this is not the case. think about that.” Tim Peak
Tim Peake (UK) also holds the record for best time to complete a marathon in orbit – with a running time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds on the treadmill.
“It’s our people, our voice, our music,” the message reads, reaching out an invisible hand across the universe.
There is no theoretical limit to the distance the signal can travel, thanks to radio transmitters penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere. The message will remain audible for millions of years to any being that might encounter it.
Perhaps many years from now a civilization will pick up the message and maybe respond to it.
But Guinness World Records editor Craig Glenday was not only on hand to witness the launch and decide on the record.
The launch of the first program broadcast in deep space reminds us that our world overflows into a vast unknown universe.
That’s why Guinness World Records is ready to embark on a galaxy of wondrous records with Guinness World Records 2023.
Craig Glenday presented the latest edition of the best-selling book from the dome of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
The cover is again designed and brought to life by the artistry of Rod Hunt, following his designs for the 2021 and 2020 editions.
Together, the three covers form a unique and record-breaking world that is as vast as the curiosity, creativity and fun encouraged by each edition of Guinness World Records.