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Signals from Mars, 1924

Aerial view looking west over Point Grey. Vancouver Archives: Van Sc P69.
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 Aerial view looking west over Point Grey. Vancouver Archives: Van Sc P69.Aerial view looking west over Point Grey. Vancouver Archives: Van Sc P69.

1924

Signals from Mars

The planet Mars was closer to Earth than it had been for many years, which lent exciting credence to the Province’s front-page story: “Mysterious signals picked up at Point Grey wireless station during the past few weeks culminated this morning in a recognized group of sounds which lead the operators to believe that Mars has succeeded in establishing communication with the earth. Four distinct groups of four dashes came in over the ether at 7:12 a.m., when Mr. W.T. Burford was on duty. These dashes were not in any known code but started on a low note, gradually ascending and concluding with a ‘zipp.’ The signals were not sent by spark nor continuous wave and the theory that Mars has at last managed to ‘get through’ is gaining support.”

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