Astrobiology

Portrait of Janice Bishop in front of lake

Janice Bishop Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Congratulations to Janice Bishop, named 2018 Fellow of the Geological Society of America Janice Bishop, Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute was elected as a Fellow to the Geological Society of America (GSA) at the spring GSA Council meeting. According to the GSA website, “GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the…

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series event has passed, but a video of the lecture can be found here. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk. Dr. Tarter is one of the great scientific pioneers of our time, leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. To celebrate the publication of Sarah Scoles’ recent…

Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS): 50th Annual Meeting

DPS 50th Annual Meeting The Division for Planetary Sciences is a division of the American Astronomical Society devoted to Solar System research. Program schedule to be announced.

COSPAR 2018: Committee on Space Research

COSPAR's objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means. SETI…

AlienCon 2018: Explore the Unexplained

AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about the extraterrestrial existence throughout history and will feature thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits and more. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Astronomer will be a presenter, giving several talks: “Why Space?”, “What is Astrobiology?”, and “What is SETI?” Other speakers will…

The 2018 Drake Award: Honoring Victoria S. Meadows

The SETI Institute’s Drake Award celebrates exemplary contributions to astrobiology through scientific research and space exploration. The award is named for Frank Drake, whose Drake Equation first identified the specific factors necessary for the emergence of life in the Universe and the evolution of technological civilizations. This honor is given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of…

The Anthropocene: What Now?

The last officially recognized epoch on Earth, the Holocene, began at the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. Now, climate change, and in particular humanity’s impact on climate change, has led to the suggestion that we are already in a new epoch, the Anthropocene. David’s most recent book, Earth in Human Hands, was named Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday, explores…
El Tatio  Credit: Albert Backer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25179973

Searching for Life on Mars in Chile

El Tatio is a geyser field in the Andes in Chile. At more than 14,000 feet above sea level, El Tatio is among the highest and driest geyser systems in the world, making it frequent location for Mars analog research – that is, research here on Earth in environments that may be similar what the environment on Mars may be, or may have once been. SETI Institute scientist J.R. Skok was invited to…
Planets  Credit: NASA

2016: A Year of Discovery at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute

2017 is well underway, building from all that was learned in 2016. The work of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute is detailed in 2016: Publications and Presentations of the SETI Institute, which can be downloaded here. Every day the scientific research that goes on at the SETI Institute tries to answer fundamental questions: How many planets exist that might support life? What is…

NASA's search for habitable planets and life beyond the solar system

Dr. Gary H. Blackwood earned his BS, MS and PHD in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT. He has been an employee at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA since 1988 and has worked on technology development for precision astronomical instruments and astrophysics missions including the Hubble Wide/Field Planetary Camera-2, the StarLight formation-flying interferometer, the…