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By Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi Environmental Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Rosalba, what first sparked your interest in science? I’ve always had big dreams — even as a young girl. As soon as I started to walk, I took an interest in…

The Time for Mars is Now

By Dr. Adrian Brown Planetary physicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs When most people look at photos of the Martian landscape, they see the kind of dry topography that, while attractive, shows only that at first glance Mars resembles many of the…

From Dust to Planets

By Dr. Paul EstradaPlanetary physicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs If planets are a dime a dozen, moons are less than a penny each. There are at least 139 moons just within our own solar system. Most of these are the property…

“Hawking Hawking”

By Dr. Mark R. Showalter Planetary astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute It was just a few months ago that Stephen Hawking was making headlines with his bold assertion that extraterrestrial beings, if they exist, are best avoided. His argument was based in part upon…

SETI Gurls (Video)

Every summer, the SETI Institute hosts 15-20 college students from around the country as part of its Astrobiology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship program. The program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and the NASA Astrobiology Institute, pairs each student with a research mentor at the SETI Institute. At the end of…

By Dr. Adrian Brown Planetary Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute The last two months have witnessed several extremely important events with respect to future Mars Exploration. The first two revolved around the rover “Spirit.” The other two are a new mission to Mars…

Don Backer, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley who discovered the first millisecond pulsar, died on July 25. He was director of Berkeley’s Radio Astronomy Laboratory and the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in Hat Creek, California – a collection of 42 dishes that recently began scanning the sky and searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.…

By Dr. Franck Marchis Planetary Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute I mentioned in my previous post that we observed several known multiple asteroid systems during our last observing run with the W.M. Keck Observatory and its Adaptive Optics Systems. If you have been following…

By Dr. Franck Marchis Planetary Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute I’d like to share the first of two blogs on observations of Io that we did using the Keck telescope and its Adaptive Optics (AO) system. Similar to last year, my summer is busy…

By Dr. Mark R. Showalter Planetary Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute In 1609, Galileo introduced to the world his new invention, the astronomical telescope. It opened up new opportunities to explore a territory that all prior generations had regarded as familiar–the night sky. In…