Is there life beyond Earth? And how will the human race — specifically our media — react if there is? Civilizations Beyond Earth: Extraterrestrial Life and Society, which will be released as a paperback this month, is a collection of essays that address the (plausible) possibility that we are not alone in the universe.
Curiosity’s suite of instruments is not designed to detect life itself. NASA learned a lesson in the 1970s when it plunked two Viking spacecraft on Mars and performed much-ballyhooed tests that might have detected life. The results were ambiguous at best; most scientists interpreted the findings as negative. NASA learned that it is hard to get funding for future robotic missions when the first wave of probes saw only a cold, dry, dead-looking place.
The SETI Institute is pleased announce the formation of an Advisory Committee for our Artist in Residence Program. Committee members will inﬂuence the programs direction, including the choice and approval of future artists in residence.
Visit the committee page: http://www.seti.org/air/committee2013