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1924 1st SETI attempt to contact Mars  

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New Science and Invention magazine, March 1924
Gernsback, Hugo and Charles T. Dahama

Complete issue in original pictorial wrappers. 9x12 “, 111pp. total. Illustrated.

“Speaking to Mars on a Light Beam”: H.Gernsback, “How I Would Speak to Mars” and Charles T. Dahama, “Can We Signal Mars?”, Pp. 1085-1086. This magazine issue was inspired by scientific efforts, with US Government sponsorship, to contact Mars in 1924 when it would be closer to Earth than at any time in the previous century. 

NASA did not fund its first SETI study until a half-century later. Gernsback, sometimes called “the father of Science Fiction” after founding the first magazine devoted to the genre in 1926, states explicitly in this earlier article that he was convinced there was “intelligent life” on Mars.

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