Search for Life

  • NASA to Slam Rocket into the Moon (on Purpose)!

    January 25, 2007 | Article

    The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will purposely impact the Moon near the pole to kick up a huge plume of material. This will be analyzed for the presence of water and other water-bearing compounds.
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  • When Does SETI Throw in the Towel?

    January 18, 2007 | Article

    “At what point would you abandon the search?” That’s a question I get relatively frequently from folks who think that SETI may be a It's a fair question, but why would we give up?
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  • Eavesdropping on ET Sooner Than We Think

    January 11, 2007 | Article

    On Wednesday, January 10, here at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Seattle, theorist Dr. Avi Loeb from Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics led a press conference on the search for ET. “Soon, we may be eavesdropping on signals from Gala
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  • SOFIA Update: Airborne Telescope Tests Continue

    January 04, 2007 | Article

    The SOFIA telescope is already functioning and has been used for optical test observations of Polaris from the L-3 runway apron. In September 2006 SOFIA taxied under its own power for the first time since arriving in Waco in 1997.
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  • How Much Does SETI Require Robots?

    December 21, 2006 | Article

    In each artificial life creation story, there is always a cautionary line - questioning the right of humankind to create a consciousness that would otherwise not be present in our universe. Let us inspect that theme philosophically to gauge its true value
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  • Making the Search Simple

    December 14, 2006 | Article

    Could SETI efforts be simpler? Experiments to look for fleeting flashes of light from other star systems have been conducted using only a modest telescope and about 20 thousand dollars’ worth of electronics; simple and cheap, like onion dip.
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  • Where are the Future Rocket Scientists?

    December 07, 2006 | Article

    Experts mull the need to educate the future workforce for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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  • Titan: A Tale of Two Worlds

    Titan: A Tale of Two Worlds

    November 30, 2006 | Article

    As we search for extraterrestrial life, Earth in some sense always provides our framework. The data indicate that life does in fact exist on this planet, and it existed here sometime before about 3.5 billion years ago (give or take a couple hundred milli
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  • Listening for ET’s Television

    November 09, 2006 | Article

    Given that stars in our neighborhood are separated by about 4 light-years, it’s easy to figure that roughly 10 thousand star systems have been exposed to “I Love Lucy” in the past five decades. That's a lot of "Lucy, I'm hooome!"
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  • Getting Ready for the Mercury Transit

    Getting Ready for the Mercury Transit

    November 02, 2006 | Article

    Mercury transits the Sun on November 8. With less than a week remaining, there’s still time to prepare for a daytime astronomy event with a local amateur astronomy club or set up your computer to log into a webcast of the event.
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