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The Nearest Exoplanets?
They would be the closest worlds beyond the solar system. If there are planets around the double star Alpha and Beta Centauri, they’re a mere 4 light-years distant, a remove so small we might actually be able to send space probes there in the foreseeable future.
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Campaign for SETI
Your support during the Campaign for SETI will sustain critical optical and radio SETI research projects and allow us to continue innovating in our quest for extraterrestrial signals.
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From Viking to Mars 2020 – Searching for Habitability and Life on Mars
Forty years ago, Viking 1 landed on the western slope of Chryse Planitia on Mars. The first spacecraft of two in this twin mission entered Mars’ orbit on June 19, 1976.
The view from Juno
The view from Juno
NASA provided Fourth of July excitement this year when the Juno spacecraft arrived at the majestic planet Jupiter and successfully went into orbit. Juno is only the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, after the Galileo mission of the 1990s. Its particular focus is to understand the inner workings of giant planets.
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Activity Report of the SETI Institute May 2016
In the May 2016 report, among numerous publications you will see listed are: “Alien Mindscapes – Perspective on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” in Astrobiology; “Disk Dispersal: Theoretical understanding and observational constraints,” explained in Space Science Reviews; “Stratigraphy and Formation of Clays and Other Hydrated Minerals within a Depression in Coprates Catena,” revealed in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Alien Mindscapes July 07, 2016
SETI Institute Calls for New Tools in Search for ET
“Are we alone in the Universe?” is the provocative question that inspires the scientific search for life beyond Earth. Today, we know definitively of only one planet that hosts life, and that is Earth. How can we find life, and in particular, intelligent life beyond our world?
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“Independence Day”: Core Values
They’re baaaaack. Just when you thought humanity’s future was already dimmed with tough problems like climate change, terrorism and reality TV, bad guys from a distant planet show up to ruin everyone’s whole summer. It’s “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
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IBM Helps ATA Sift Through Cosmic Static
What sort of signals do you expect to find? That’s a frequent question posed to SETI scientists as they swing their antennas in the directions of nearby star systems. Their answer is (and has long been) “a narrow-band signal” – a broadcast that has at least some components that are localized to one spot on the radio dial.
Asteroid Day
Rocks From Space: Asteroid Day - June 30, 2016
SETI Institute scientists, Franck Marchis, Michael Busch, and Peter Jenniskins are interested in space rocks. They study everything from asteroids the size of mountains to bits of gravel shed by melting comets.
FDL group photo June 30, 2016
ELITE TEAM TO CONSIDER NEW APPROACHES TO ASTEROID DANGER
Frontier Development Lab is a six-week long research accelerator, championed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, that engages young researchers from around the world to take on one of the truly existential threats to our species.

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