Life at the SETI Institute

Archives for March, 2011

How to Catch a Comet

By Dr. Mark Showalter Senior Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute Four and a half billion years ago, a fluffy “snowball” coalesced out of the cloud of ice, dust and debris still surrounding our Sun. Most of the snowballs like it later merged to…

Turning Pixels into Planets

By Dr. Jon Jenkins; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Dr. Jon Jenkins of the SETI Institute is the Analysis Lead for NASA’s Kepler Mission. He heads up a group of about two-dozen scientists and programmers who designed and built the software that is the…