Welcome to Salar Grande

This is where me and my team spent the last 4 days collecting samples of extremophiles that live inside salt nodules in some of the driest conditions on Earth...
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  • Mist

    This is where me and my team spent the last 4 days collecting samples of extremophiles that live inside salt nodules in some of the driest conditions on Earth...

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  • heartbeat star

    They’re called “heartbeat stars”, but not because they expand and contract. In fact, they’re double star systems in which one star has a highly elongated orbit similar to that of a comet.

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  • Trisha Ashley's SETI Talk on Tuesday October 11, 2016. Dwarf galaxies tend to form stars inefficiently. Yet, blue compact dwarf (BCD) galaxies are a subset of dwarf galaxies that have intense and concentrated star formation (compared to typical dwarf galaxies). BCDs are thought to require a large disturbance to trigger their burst of star formation.

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  • Moral's Law

    “If it bleeds, it leads” they say in the news biz. Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities. Yet one man argues that we’re living in the most civilized era in history, thanks to science. But a psychologist says it’s really emotion that drives us to be good. Will better moral behavior become academic when ethical decisions are made by thinking machines?

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  • salar grande

    Follow Dr. Nathalie Cabrol as she explores extraordinary landscapes and planetary analogs in Chile.

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  • Eliot Gillum's SETI Talk on Tuesday October 04, 2016. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is a blind search across many dimensions—space and time being the most obvious. Every good SETI researcher does their very best to make the minimal reasonable assumptions, but time and resources are always limited, so various strategic optimizations have been adopted.

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  • hot planet

    The first planet found around a normal star other than the Sun was 51 Peg b, which was soon dubbed a “hot Jupiter.”

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  • simba summit

    Nathalie Cabrol and her astrobiology team are headed to the Chilean Andes to investigate Mars-on-Earth

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  • Giuseppe Etiope's SETI Talk on Tuesday Sept 27, 2016. It is widely accepted that the occurrence of methane (CH4) in the Martian atmosphere may imply the presence of active geological sources, i.e. gas emission structures in the Martian soil and subsoil. In other words, gas seepage, a process well known on Earth, should exist on Mars.

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  • FAST telescope

    It’s now the biggest single-dish radio telescope on Earth. Settled down in the bumpy karst of China’s Guizhou province, about 1200 miles southwest of Beijing, this newest instrument for studying the heavens is very similar in design to the famed Arecibo dish, renown both for its science accomplishments and its performance in two popular films, “Contact” and “Goldeneye.”

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News and Announcements

  Susan Mullally's Talk - "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" on 16 August 2016
A new talk will be in 16 August 2016, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post, Building 211. "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" by Susan Mullally, PhD, SETI Institute, NASA Ames
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Director of Communications
The SETI Institute is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant 2016
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology.
  Perseid Meteor Shower This Week May Develop Outburst - August 11th and 12th
This Thursday and Friday, there will be one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family can watch – the Perseids.
  Outburst of July gamma Draconids
Peter Jenniskens reports that the CAMS meteor shower survey stations in the Netherlands noticed unusually strong activity from the normally weak July gamma Draconids meteor shower (IAU shower number 184) in the night of July 27/28.
  Happy Anniversary, New Horizons
New Horizons flashed by Pluto one year ago, and uncovered an unexpected world of glaciers and plains.
  Evergreen Middle School Students present HiRISE Mars Research at Ames!
On May 25th, 2016, a group of sixteen 7th and 8th grade students from Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, CA, visited Ames Research Center to present the results of their year-long Mars research projects.
  Senior Scientist Cristina Dalle Ore will be at TEDx Bergamo, Italy
What is TEDx? The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
  Watch Pascal Lee: Training for Life on Mars on CCTV show Full Frame
Planetary scientist Pascal Lee talks about training for life on Mars, right here on planet Earth.
  Watch Andy Weir: Mars Story on CCTV show Full Frame
Author Andy Weir talks about his best-selling novel, The Martian.