Yahoo 'Time Capsule' Mexican Launch Canceled

Yahoo, one of the United States’ top search firms, has canceled plans to launch digital representations of human life in 2006 into space via “time capsule” from The Mexican Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, due to concerns over potential damage to the locale, the Agence France-Presse (AFP)  reports via DNAIndia.com.

The canceled plan was an attempt to communicate with alien life under Yahoo’s “Time Capsule” initiative, and the search firm has started collecting text, audio and video contributions from interested parties to be digitized and beamed into space via laser, Reuters reports via CNN.com. The beaming was set to take place on Oct. 25 from Teotihuacan’s Mexican Pyramid of the Sun, currently an archeological site. Yahoo also had planned to project chosen digitized submissions onto the side of the pyramid to be viewed by spectators and Web surfers via a simultaneous Internet broadcast.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said it would hold a similar launch at a separate location in the future, according to the AFP. The firm made the decision on Tuesday while working in conjunction with the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History to make sure all aspects of the historical site are “respected and not adversely affected,” the AFP reports.

“We have decided to move the location of the event,” Yahoo said in a release, according to the AFP. “For now, we are focused on collecting as many unique and interesting contributions as possible from around the globe.”

Yahoo plans to continue collecting submissions until Nov. 8, and it will also store relevant digitized submissions and bury them somewhere on the property of its Sunnyvale headquarters, the AFP reports.

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