Activity Report of the SETI Institute September 2016

Fall has moved into the Silicon Valley as we wait patiently for the rain to begin.  The harvest moon has passed and pumpkins are in the fields ready to become pies or Jack-O-Lanterns.    

However, SETI Institute scientists are still keeping busy.  They continue to unravel more puzzles about our local celestial neighbors, as well as other worlds many light-years away.  Every day, researchers at the SETI Institute are expanding both our knowledge and understanding in the quest to find life beyond Earth.

This work includes publications in peer-reviewed journals, research presentations and speaking engagements, technical reports, intellectual property filings, and more.  

As part of our outreach commitment to share the Institute’s science and research, we present our monthly “Activity Report of the Carl Sagan Center”, that catalogs the work of our scientists.

In the September 2016 report, among the numerous publications you will see “The Albedo of Martian Dunes: Insights into Aeolian Activity and Dust Devil Formation,” accepted by Aeolian Research; “Meter-Scale Slopes of Candidate InSight Landing Sites from Point Photoclinometry,” published by Space Science Review; and “Debris Disks in the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association Resolved by ALMA,” revealed in the The Astrophysical Journal.

Also in this report, you will see ongoing participation by SETI Institute scientists at conferences and events, including preparing for speaking opportunities at the 6th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration in Reykjavik, Iceland; at the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, and at the Space Telescope Science Institute workshop at Johns Hopkins University, held in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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