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by Mike Zazaian October 12, 2006 - 1:38pm, 2 Comments

Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

Yahoo’s effort to beam various multimedia information into space from atop a Mexican pyramid was thwarted today by authorities who feared that damage might be incurred by the historical site.

Announced just this week, Yahoo plans to collect various video, music, images and other information from it sites all over the world for transmission into outer space. After having obtained a permit to do so, Yahoo’s goal was to beam the data from atop the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan on October 25th in an attempt to communicate with possible extraterrestrials.

Yahoo’s parade was officially rained on, however, as officials from the Mexican government announced this morning that the pyramid would be off limits for such an experiment. Officials from the Government cited specifically the technical and operational problems of the experiment that might damage Teotihuacan. Said Manuel Mazzanti, head of marketing at Yahoo Mexico:

We did have the permit, but Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History told us Monday night that it could not be done.

Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

It remains to be seen exactly why Yahoo chose that specific point as the sight of the experiment. Although it would be undeniably interesting to communicate with aliens from atop an ancient, Mexican pyramid, it would be just as easy to conduct the experiment from atop a tall flagpole or scaffolding. Also curious is the fact that Yahoo was able to obtain a permit for the experiment in the first place, expecially noting the obvious obstruction and potential damage that could occur to one of Mexico’s most sacred national monuments.

Yahoo has delayed the project’s launch as it searches for a sacred national monument outside of Mexico from the top of which it can attempt to contact aliens. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t recall reading any of this in Yahoo’s mission statement.

[via cnet]