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Star Trek’s Anson Mount Joins Scientific Effort To Make First Contact With Aliens

A Starfleet captain’s job is to seek out new life and civilizations, and it seems that’s something Anson Mount has taken to heart as he’s doing just that in the real world, too. The Captain Pike actor – who’s set to lead the upcoming Paramount Plus series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds– has gotten involved with scientific organization METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), who are dedicated to making first contact with alien life.

METI announced this week that Mount has joined its Board of Directors. The actor – who debuted as Christopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery season 2 – said the following in a statement:

Mount also followed up the announcement on Twitter with another statement, remarking that he’s excited to collaborate on “what’s perhaps the greatest creative challenge in the history of our species.” He then promised “more to come in the days, weeks, & centuries ahead.”

The San Francisco-based METI was founded in 2015 as an expansion of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Whereas SETI only listens for signals from advanced civilizations, METI is more proactive and sends out powerful signals to nearby stars in the hopes of being met with a response. Douglas Vakoch, President of METI, explained the organization’s thinking in his own statement welcoming Mount aboard.

Mount is the fourth actor to play Pike over the past 50+ years, but he’s the first one to get his own vehicle as the character, who’s Kirk’s precursor as the captain of the Enterprise. Also featuring Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn, Star Trek: Strange New Worldsis looking to start production in early 2021.