Send a Message to Outer Space: The Wow Reply

Thirty-five years ago, we received a signal from space. It came to be known as the Wow! Signal. It remains unexplained. Many people believe the Wow! Signal could have been a short one-time message from another intelligence.

If it was a message, isn’t about time we sent a reply? To coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Wow! Signal, we are going to crowd-source a reply and send it back using the biggest radio telescope we can get our hands on. You can be a part of it.

Tweet us a message with hashtag #chasingufos. We’ll collect all tweets starting at 8P ET to Midnight on June 29th. Then, on the 35th anniversary of the Wow! Signal, we’ll collect a digital packet of all those tweets and beam them into outer space. If you already know what you want to say, schedule your tweet now with our tool and we’ll save it until then.

It’s not every day that you get to send a message out into the universe, so think carefully about what you want to say to whatever or whoever may be out there.

Need some inspiration before you compose your own Wow Reply? We invited a few friends to record videos to send into space alongside your tweets. Jorge Garcias (also known as Hurley from Lost) has submitted his message, and we think it’s pretty entertaining:

What about you? Do you know what you want to say? Schedule your tweet now and be sure to tune into the premiere of the all-new series Chasing UFOs on Friday, June 29th at 9P et/pt.


  1. Michael Montgomery
    Portola Ca
    June 24, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Jehovahn is God

  2. Linda
    June 25, 2012, 11:26 am

    Chasing UFOs? Really? Is this the best the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC can do? Aren’t you embarrassed by this? Getting into bed with kooks and weirdos who think that we are visited regularly by aliens from outer space is a bad idea. Back away and apologize to the world.

  3. theodore parsons
    June 25, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Please do not send a message in reply to the WOW signal, especially if you are going to direct it in the location that the original signal was received. I do not know what the original signal was but replying to a signal from space is the hight of hubris and you do not have the right to expose the entire planet to the risk, however slight it may be.

  4. Gil
    L.A Cal.
    June 25, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Bad idea and perhaps one that might have a bad outcome dont mess with things you dont know. I dont think you have the right to speak for the rest of the world. And it is just plain stupid.Dont do it, Or at least ask Dr Hawking what he thinks first.

  5. Joyanne Jeffery
    June 27, 2012, 5:35 am

    The Truth about the intentions of the Aliens visiting Earth at this time! An Amazing Read!

  6. John Calzolano
    Kingston,Tn.peaceto all Praise the Lord
    June 27, 2012, 7:54 am

    Peace to all Praise the Lord

  7. Arly
    June 27, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Not only is responding to the activity a questionable plan but allowing random people on the internet to composte tweets? Somehow I would have to think the planet can do better than this, even today. Please reconsider National Geographic. You’re better than this. Or, at least you used to be.

  8. Ron Gallman
    South Carolina
    June 28, 2012, 2:00 am


  9. Donnie Boggs
    Rio, WV
    June 28, 2012, 11:35 am

    This is an extremely TACKY manner to observe a possibly momentus occasion in the history of human cvilization. I would prefer first contact or planetary representation to be carried out by those who have a more analytical thought process than say “Nikki Minaj” or “Kim Kardashian” or their feeble minded followers. In additon, Stephen Hawking has on more than one occasion warned of any hasty, half-assed attempt to contact any possible civilization, which would more than likely be far more advanced than we. So, Nat Geo, how’s about canceling this horribly unethical publicity stunt coinciding with an even more horribly ill-gotten series launch in an effort to increase revenue for your greedu network execs and leave this for a more capable generation…thank you.

  10. Donnie Boggs
    Rio, WV
    June 28, 2012, 11:40 am

    It churns my stomach just imagining all of the ignorant comments that will flood the cosmos, as if the horrible 3rd rate network programmig of the last 40 years isn’t enough. If, in 55 years, this signal does reach anoher race, we are surely doomed…

  11. gregory harrington
    United States
    June 28, 2012, 8:53 pm

    greetings from the harringtons of illinois.

  12. R. S.
    R NY
    June 28, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Earthlings are slow, it takes 35 years to reply to a sound from space. This sound could be anything, and I very much doubt it came from Aliens, BUT if it did come from Aliens then HI HOW ARE YOU, PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN,WOMEN,AND ALIENS, AND PARTY ON DUDE’S!

  13. Ben
    Ventura, Ca
    June 28, 2012, 11:49 pm

    chasing ufo’s, wow signal…. c’mon get a real job

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  15. Tyler
    June 30, 2012, 1:15 am

    Just like captain Archer said our species is known for wanting to know what is out there so I say y not and if by some crazy chance something happens well then we got our answer and just hope they don’t think were an immediate threat but they might knowing our gov…but I wish the best of luck this WOW experiment

  16. tcb
    United States
    July 7, 2012, 11:18 am

    What a load of crap! After watching this I began to consider who actually owns The National Geographic Channel. The answer was Fox, ( The news Corporation, Robert Murdoch). The puzzle is: why does the National Geographic Society allow such dubious use of its brand?

  17. S Schultz
    Kitchener, ON
    July 11, 2012, 8:37 am

    I have to agree with the negative comments here. First, it’s idiotic to curry attention from aliens. Assuming they exist at all of course, and that they’re technologically advanced enough to ‘visit’ Earth, how do you think that would turn out? (Hint: how did technologically advanced Europeans ‘visiting’ the New World turn out for the locals? Read Jared Diamond for clues.)

    Second, I don’t want Fox (News Corporation) speaking on my behalf ANYWHERE, be it outer space or here on Earth. Frankly, I think they’re corrupt as sin. (Even if the messages were written by a random public.)

    Third, this is (or was) beneath National Geographic. Why don’t you find something that’ll help our beleaguered planet? Surely you can concoct some stupid stunt that’ll actually HELP?

  18. asheson
    United States
    August 13, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Hey! I noticed that your RSS feed doesn’t work . I thought I should point that out that. My Feed reader didn’t work for your site’s address.

  19. Krudd
    November 22, 2012, 11:51 am

    This whole thing makes crack look like a good investment. If we’re wasting money on fake signals from our own space program, then why not give some to me so I can get the same drugs these quack jobs are using. Is it not enough? What’s next? The tooth fairy gets kidnapped by Palestine and we must side with the Legion of Doom in order to stop Dr. Evil from destroying the planet with nuclear pixie dust? Great imagination, guys. This imagination dropped out knowledge progress altogether in this field.

  20. rissa
    April 17, 2013, 2:20 am

    If anyone or aliens knows how to time travel can you let me know please, I would like to travel back in time not to change the world just to get my heart back. Thank you

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