It was a vision of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence that was never meant to be. In 1971, NASA’s Ames Research Center, under the direction of two of SETI’s great heavyweights — Hewlett–Packard’s Barney Oliver and NASA’s Chief of Life Sciences, John Billingham — sponsored a three-month wor Full story
Any intelligent extraterrestrial life that exists probably won't announce itself by blowing up the White House, or win over the hearts of children as a lovable alien with a glowing finger. Many scientists simply hope to find evidence of them by scanning the skies for a radio signal from a distant st Full story
The recent rapid pace of discovery of "candidate planets" — distant worlds that seem suitable for life — make scientists engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, hopeful that they could find alien signals within the next 15 years. Full story
SETI astronomer Jill Tarter looks to the skies from the radio dish that bears her name at the Allen Telescope Array in Northern California.
The best part of this type of search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, study is that the data may already be in hand.