Press Releases

Exoplanet Beta Pic b September 16, 2015
Watching an Exoplanet in Motion Around a Distant Star
In a major breakthrough for exoplanet discovery and exploration, the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is proving to be one of most powerful and effective instruments ever invented for directly imaging planets in orbit around other stars.
Enceladus' ocean September 15, 2015
SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS HOSTS A GLOBAL OCEAN
Every square inch of Saturn’s small moon Enceladus overlies a potentially habitable ocean. Observations of Enceladus’ slight wobble as it orbits Saturn can only be explained if the outer crust floats freely from the inner core, according to scientists studying images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
August 18, 2015
NATHALIE CABROL TO LEAD CARL SAGAN CENTER AT SETI INSTITUTE
The SETI Institute announces the appointment of Nathalie Cabrol as the lead for its multidisciplinary research programs into the nature and distribution of life beyond Earth. She will head the Institute’s Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.
Exoplanet 51 Eri b August 13, 2015
NEW INSTRUMENT IMAGES A YOUNG COUSIN OF JUPITER
Using a powerful new imaging device, astronomers have espied a Jupiter-like exoplanet 100 light-years distant in the constellation of Eridanus.
Kepler 452b July 23, 2015
NEW KEPLER EXOPLANET CATALOG INCLUDES TERRESTRIAL SIZED WORLD ORBITING COUSIN OF THE SUN
Scientists analyzing four years of data from NASA’s Kepler mission have released a new catalog of exoplanet candidates. The catalog adds more than 500 new possible planets to the 4,175 already found by the famed space-based telescope.
Kepler 138b June 17, 2015
DISCOVERY OF A MARS-SIZE WORLD USES TUG-OF-WAR TECHNIQUE
Astronomers have discovered a Mars-sized world 200 light-years from Earth. The discovery is equivalent to sensing a pin head at the distance of the Moon.
Titan and Saturn April 21, 2015
A New Collaboration to Aid the Search for Life on Distant Worlds
Hiroshi Imanaka, a research scientist at the SETI Institute and a specialist in the chemistry of planetary atmospheres, is part of a team recently selected to be part of NExSS.
Our Pluto March 20, 2015
Public Asked to Help Name Features on Pluto
The SETI Institute has announced the launch of its “Our Pluto” campaign, which is soliciting input on how to name features on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon.
Disaster Playground March 09, 2015
Film on Asteroid Impact Featuring Research of SETI Institute Scientists Showcased at SXSW Festival
A film on the threat from asteroids and featuring scientists from the SETI Institute and NASA will be showcased at the upcoming SXSW (South by Southwest) International Film Festival. The one-hour docu-drama, “Disaster Playground,” was directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute. It will be premiered at a festival that spotlights fictional pieces and documentaries, and will be the world premiere of Ben Hayoun’s film.
Titan and Saturn December 08, 2014
Answers Blowing in the Titan Wind
Using a specially engineered wind tunnel, scientists have solved a puzzle about wind-blown dunes on a world that has some striking similarities to our own.
Europa November 21, 2014
Remastered image of Europa released by NASA
NASA has issued an image advisory for a newly-processed global color view of Europa, our best such view ever and likely the best view we will have until a dedicated spacecraft returns to Europa sometime in the future. This image was produced by a team from the SETI Institute over the course of several months.
NASA Honors SETI Institute Scientists and Educators November 19, 2014
SETI Institute Garners NASA Awards
Today, NASA bestowed honors on SETI Institute scientists and educators, both as individuals and as members of research teams, citing their outstanding efforts on behalf of science, outreach and education.

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