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Why is it so cold on Pluto?

A new paper in Nature, co-authored by SETI Institute scientist Hiroshi Imanaki, lead author, Xi Zhang, University of Santa Cruz, explains that haze is the cause of Pluto’s cold temperature.
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Previously Featured

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Here's What E.T. Could Actually Look Like
Consider that microbes ruled Earth for three billion years until these highly individualistic organisms could successfully subdue their “me, me, me” lifestyles to join with other cells to make more complex life forms.
November 08, 2017
November 06, 2017
Do You Have the Perfect Nickname for New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target?
Today NASA announced a new naming campaign for the next flyby target of the New Horizons spacecraft.
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - October 16 - 22, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
October 27, 2017

Carl Sagan Center Activity Report September 2017
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for September 2017
October 27, 2017
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An Update from the LaserSETI Team - Oct 2017
Hello from LaserSETI headquarters! Thanks to your generous support we’ve been making great progress and we’re excited to share some of what’s been happening.
October 24, 2017
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Project Blue and the Quest to Photograph Exoplanets
The world’s collective imagination to answer the age-old question, “Are we alone,” has been reignited now that we understand exoplanets – planets in orbit around stars other than Earth’s Sun – are not uncommon.
October 20, 2017

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 - 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 Nathalie Cabrol: Alien Hunter on CCTV show Full Frame
Exploration, whatever its focus, is limitless, multi-facetted, and exquisitely complex. The understanding of how and why planets evolve, whether they could have hosted habitats for life, how climate change impacts their habitability - and for Earth, its biodiversity - are questions that need to be addressed through a synergetic approach by looking at many different and complementary angles simultaneously.
  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.

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