Anson Mount’s time as Captain Christopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery was so well-received that he is now set to lead his own series: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. But Mount isn’t just going to be seeking out new life and new civilizations on TV, he is doing it IRL as well.
Mount joins METI
Today METI, the scientific organization devoted to Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, announced that actor Anson Mount has joined its Board of Directors. The star of the upcoming Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds said in a statement:
“It is a distinct privilege to be asked to join the outstanding scientists, artists, and innovators that make up the METI team. I look forward to helping this organization expand its footprint in our cultural landscape and educate the general public about our endeavors to connect with extraterrestrial intelligence through scientific methods as we continue to grapple with the implications of this work. As a Starfleet Captain, it brings me unbridled joy to be able to say that I am actually sending out a hail.”
San Francisco-based METI was founded in 2015 to expand the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). While other SETI organizations only listen for signals from advanced civilizations, METI reverses the process by sending powerful, intentional signals to nearby stars in the hope of prompting a reply. “If other civilizations are simply listening, and not transmitting, we’ll never make contact if we limit ourselves to standard SETI strategies,” said Douglas Vakoch, President of METI. “We’re delighted to welcome Anson to METI’s leadership team as we continue to reach out to other worlds, letting them know we want to make first contact.”
UPDATE: Anson Mount shared TrekMovie’s story with a message about joining METI and a promise of more to come.
ANNOUNCEMENT: I am deeply honored to have joined this incredible group of scientists, linguists, & thinkers who are collaborating to take on what’s perhaps the greatest creative challenge in the history of our species. More to come in the days, weeks, & centuries ahead. @METIintl https://t.co/yJeirKE5JX
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) November 17, 2020
The following video offers more insights into METI, including their efforts to communicate with Trappist 1.
For more information about METI visit meti.org.
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