Tesla To Talk To Mars

Date: 
Friday, December 6, 1907
Volume: 
18
Pages: 
397-397
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Dec. 6. 1907 ENGLISH MECHANIC AND WORLD OF SCIENCE No 2228 TESLA T0 TALK T0 MARS. Mr. Tesla announces that, with the co~opcration of po\ver»prod\\ciug colnpnuiel al. Niagara Falls, lie in prnpnring to lmil Nan wilh_ Ningnra`s voice. A way has been found at last, it is asserted, for transmitting a wireless J-nessage across the gulf which separates this' earth from Mars. Once that has been accomplished, and Mars-which is considerably older and sup- posedly more advanced in science than os-has acknowledged the receipt of our signal, and sent 'hunk dash for Hash, it will remain to devise an interplanetary cods through the medium of which the scientists of this world and of Mars lull be able to iuiflcrslnnfl what oauh is saying I0 the othor. _ _ Hr. .Tesla has been quietly working for several ¥§l\‘!{D\‘i'»|. , lglont-,as »;bla'oi',-,trans mxttaig JQ:;|§§,P- J# 31 im ninth; _world, or to ,any wi’ ».aur}!A\iK»lihaBringJ.-plaqets, for that matter. y.1fhp=)nere{ll\`atter fof»d-iptanea lretween despatching andluageivnrg-pqirits is absolutely no object‘whateyer§-'_ Wireless power, Mr. Tesla says, maybe sent one million or more miles just as easily as one milet Several of the electric-power companies with immense generating 'plants .at -Niagara Fnlls have agreed to -ca-operate 'with Mr. 'i‘esla i|\ an etfort to reach Mars by wireless. These Niagara power plants, Mr. Tesla declares, are now capable of producing electrical vibrations of slich intensity that, if measured according to ordinary standards, the rata at which their energy is delivered could readily be advanced to a billion horse-power. But no such performance is necessary to produce strong elec- trical impulses on Mars. Mr. Tesla has esti- mated that a rate of a few hundred million horse-power is quite suiiicieut to establish wire- less communication with that planet. Mr. Tes|a's wireless plant, which ho has already efzuippad at Wardeiiclyffc, L.I., for the sendin o long-distance electric waves is to be utilisci » Mr. Tesla seems to believe _that Mars is already signalling to us: "The astonishing evidences furnished by Lowell are not only indicative of organic life, but they make it appear very probable that Mars is still populated, and, furthermore, its inhabitants are highly-developed, intelligent beings.” "Is there any proof of such existence? " "I answer, emphatically, yea, prompted hotli by an instinct, which has never yet deceived ma,`and observation. I refer to the strange electrical disturbances, the discovery of which I announced six years ago. At that limo I was only certain that they were of planetary origin. Now, after mature thought and study, I have copio to the positive conclusion that they must have einanated from Mars. " Such colossal transformation as is observable on the face of Mars could _not have been wrouglit except by beings ahead ut us in development. "\\`|n\t wonder if they are signalling to us? We arc sulliuiently advanced in electrical science to know that their task is much easier than ours. The question is, Can we transmit electrical energy tu that immense distnnce? This I think myself competent to answer in the adirmativcf’

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