From the Host/CEO of Ideas Road Show, Howard Burton
“I had the good fortune to meet Jill Tarter back in 2007 when I invited her to give a public lecture at the physics institute I was then running. The institute held many public talks, but Jill’s stood out strongly: thoughtful, rigorously scientific and thoroughly captivating. So when I started Ideas Roadshow five years later, Jill was an obvious candidate to interview. Once again she didn’t disappoint, marrying eloquence, humility and scientific rigor to produce a profoundly inspirational story of SETI’s past, present and future. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the video and eBook of our conversation. I certainly enjoyed having it.”
Watch the interview (accessible upon free login sign-up)
On the heels of the launch of SETI Live, SCIENCE has partnered with TED and The SETI Institute by designing a call-to-action programming campaign, dedicating the month of March to answering this most indelible question, “Are We Alone?” Four world premiere programs including Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole, Alien Encounters and NASA’s Unexplained Files will premiere every Tuesday, beginning March 6 throughout the month. Each special world premiere will drive viewers to the SETI Live site and empower citizen scientists everywhere to unite towards a common goal.
“Partnering with TED and the SETI Institute has been such a great initiative for SCIENCE. With ARE WE ALONE? we want to draw viewers with smart, lean-forward programming and empower them to uncover evidence of extraterrestrial life,” said Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President at SCIENCE. “At SCIENCE we question everything and no topic inspires more questions than the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence so we are proud to join the search.”
Dr. Jill Tarter and her team at the SETI Institute have been busy, busy, busy taking all the many (and complicated!) steps needed to get the Allen Telescope Array back online and begin a two-year strategic search for signs of technology we can detect on Kepler-found worlds.
Such a targeted search is unprecedented in the field of SETI research, so the possibilities are VERY exciting! Could we finally be within range of finding an answer to the question “Are we alone?”
A new era begins…
Reporting (2011 translation = blogging) from the ground is Jon Richards from our Center for SETI Research. For his latest report on all things ATA, check out:
After checking that out, take a few minutes (or more!) to browse around the setiQuest website and get to know this community a little better. Find out what new ideas we have in store for Earthlings everywhere as the SETI Institute develops our capabilities to recruit and engage citizen scientists in the quest to find cosmic company.
There are still some issues and tech/facility needs to be worked out up at the ATA site, but the team is on it! On behalf of all the SETIStars (I hope you don’t mind me speaking for you), thanks to everyone involved in our SETI team for working so hard to make this happen.
And another BIG, BIG THANKS to everyone who contributed to fund the re-launch! Woo hoo!
We hope we are within weeks of announcing a re-launch date. Then the real adventure begins.
With your continued support and new support from first-time givers (help us spread the word!), we can keep the search going as we explore the cosmos together.
More news to come…
A million thanks go to all of our amazing SETIStars who helped the SETI Institute reach and EXCEED our very first crowdfunding goal of $200,000 to help us relaunch the Allen Telescope Array (ATA). Because of you, we can begin a targeted search of Kepler-found planets that may be excellent candidates to host intelligent life.
To all of you amazing people out there, you have proven that crowdfunding can work to support cutting edge science. And thanks to everyone who shared our collective story of success and ran with it in the media and through social networking. Together, as we develop and expand our SETIStars program, we hope that the SETIStars collective shout of support turns into a roar heard around the globe!
Since thousands of people from all around the world came together in support of this effort (around 30% of SETIStars are from outside the United States!), the team in our Center for SETI Research has been working hard planning and preparing to bring the ATA back to life.
- Jon Richards, SETI Institute, Center for SETI Research
To illuminate what has been happening at the Allen Telescope Array as part of this process, we’d like to introduce you to Jon Richards. He has been sharing updates and photos about the ATA on his setiQuest blog.
For a glimpse into the re-launch process, check out:
September 8, 2011:
ATA Un-Hibernation Day 2
October 4, 2011: ATA Un-Hibernation- Report 3
Stay tuned for more updates on not only the Allen Telescope Array re-launch, but on the future of our SETIStars initiatives and how you can get more involved in supporting science that can forever change our perspective on life and our place in the universe.
And thanks again, SETIStars!