Here's a fun story about real life imitating art. METI, the scientific organization devoted to Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, announced this week that actor Anson Mount has joined its Board of Directors.
METI was founded in 2015 to expand on SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Instead of just listening for other life forms, METI sends signals to nearby stars in hopes of a reply.
The star of the upcoming Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds said in a statement: “It is a distinct privilege to be asked to join the outstanding scientists, artists, and innovators that make up the METI team. 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.”