Press Releases

November 04, 2013
NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy
The Kepler team announces 833 new candidate planets. Ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's habitable zone.
October 08, 2013
Archival Hubble Images Reveal Neptune's “Lost” Inner Moon
SETI Institute Senior Scientist Mark Showalter announces that Neptune’s tiny, innermost moon, Naiad, has now been seen for the first time since it was discovered by Voyager’s cameras in 1989.
October 07, 2013
Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid
Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes with small telescopes used by amateur astronomers, a team of astronomers led by Franck Marchis, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87) Sylvia has a complex interior, probably linked to the way the multiple system was formed.
October 07, 2013
Scholastic, Mars Institute and SETI Institute Take Flight with the Launch of New Nonfiction Book “MISSION: MARS”
In celebration of World Space Week, whose theme this year is Mars exploration, Scholastic announces the North American release of MISSION: MARS, a new nonfiction children’s book for readers in grades 4 through 6* (ages 9–12) by scientist Dr. Pascal Lee.
July 15, 2013
SETI Institute Scientist Mark Showalter Finds New Moon Around Neptune
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.
July 02, 2013
Pluto's Smallest Moons Receive Their Official Names
The names of Pluto's two smallest known moons, previously referred to as "P4" and "P5", have been formally approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
June 11, 2013
Zoë Robot Returns To Chile's Atacama Desert On NASA Mission To Search For Subsurface Life
The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë robot, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile’s Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world’s driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute.
May 17, 2013
Field Tests in Mojave Desert Pave Way for Human Exploration of Small Bodies
Mountain View, California - A team of researchers from the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, and the space robotics company Honeybee Robotics, has successfully completed a first series of field tests aimed at investigating how humans will explore and work on Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) and eventually the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
May 13, 2013
May 20 event at SETI Institute EXPOSITIONS: Space Art, International Arts-in-Space Exhibition
Come to a FREE public event Monday, May 20, 2013 at the SETI Institute - EXPOSITIONS: Space Art will showcase arts in space exploration projects along with dynamic presentations of artists, space scientists, and engineers who are participating in a three-day workshop, the 4th International Space Arts Workshop (ISAW4).
April 19, 2013
NASA Doubles Down on Exoplanets and the SETI Institute Will Be Part of the Search
April 19, 2013
Has Kepler Found Ideal SETI-target Planets?
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to five small planets around a slightly smaller star than our Sun.
March 06, 2013
Curiosity Rover on Mars Predicted to Encounter Moving Sand Dunes
Mountain View, CA -- The dunes in Gale Crater on Mars, near the landing site of the Curiosity rover, are moving. Until a few years ago, it was thought that the surface of Mars was largely inactive, with its landscapes no longer undergoing any significant modification. The identification of widespread active sand dune migration is one of several recent discoveries that has disproved this claim.