The scientific organization Messaging Extraterrestrial Life (METI) announced that Mount is joining its Board of Directors. The San Francisco-based international non-profit research organization creates and sends signals into space to search for and communicate with life on other planets. “It is a distinct privilege to be asked to join the outstanding scientists, artists, and innovators that make up the METI team,” Mount said in a statement. “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.”
METI was founded in 2015 as part of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). However, METI and other SETI organizations’ main difference is that while other SETI organizations only listen for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, METI sends out signals to initiate contact. “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.”
Of course, Mount’s character Pike is no stranger to aliens. Pike was the star of the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” which showed Pike’s (Jeffrey Hunter) encounter with the telepathic aliens of Talos IV. The alien race could create life-like illusions. However, the pilot was rejected by NBC for being “too cerebral” and needing more action. Strange New Worlds will reportedly explore more of Pike’s Enterprise on its search for new life and civilizations. While it will be thrilling to finally see Captain Pike lead these missions in his own series, it’s nice for fans to see that Mount takes just as much interest in exploring advanced civilizations in real life. While fans will have to wait a while before his upcoming series premieres, more insight into the initiative is likely to come from Mount in the coming weeks.
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