SETIcon Auction to Benefit Science Research and STEM Education

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Curtis Sparrer
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Karen Randall
SETI Institute
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SETIcon Auction to Benefit Science Research and STEM Education

SETIcon II, the public convention where science and imagination meet, features a fund-raising auction on Saturday, June 23, at the week-end public event. The catalog for the live and silent auction is online at seticon.com/2012/auction-items/. The auction features science adventure travel, vacation stays, wine tasting tours, fine art, signed science and science fiction books, and space collectibles. SETIcon II is being hosted by the SETI Institute at the Hyatt Santa Clara, 5010 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA, June 22-24.

“The Apollo Missions to the Moon inspired a generation to dream of space exploration, and I was one of those dreamers,” says Edna DeVore, Acting CEO at the SETI Institute. “I’m truly excited that the SETIcon auction will feature the great Apollo Mission adventure with a signed print of “Earthrise,” by William Anders, who along with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, was one of the first three persons to have left Earth orbit and traveled to the Moon in December 1968. Anders took the famous photograph, “Earthrise,” and has donated a print he will inscribe to auction winner.

“There’s some great space and astronomy adventures being offered at the auction, including a night at Lick Observatory with SETI Institute scientist, Franck Marchis,

an astrophotography trip with Seth Shostak to the Allen Telescope Array, and attendance at a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with David Knight, producer of Shuttle 3D which is being sneak-previewed at SETIcon,” says Andrew Fraknoi, SETI Institute Board Member. “And, you can bid on a tour of SLAC/Kavli Institute with Pierre Schwob, also a Board Member, or take a tour of the Allen Telescope Array with Jill Tarter herself!”

For the truly adventuresome, Pascal Lee, a SETI Institute planetary scientist, is offering to host two visionary humans on an expedition to Devon Island in the high Arctic, where they will be a part of the new “The Mission to Mars on Earth” project: a new participatory exploration program to Haughton Crater, in many ways the most Mars-like place on Earth. Together with researchers, they will test new robots, spacesuits, tools and participate in real Arctic exploration.

Marchis, Shostak, Knight, Tarter, Schwob, and Lee will all be at SETIcon II to discuss these adventures with bidders.

Closer to home, there are great opportunities for flight-seeing being offered. Airship Ventures has donated tickets for flights onboard the airship, Euerka, the largest and only commercial passenger airship in the world. Winners will fly with a SETI Institute scientist on board to enhance the experience. Eureka flies in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Los Angeles and San Diego. In addition, for aviation lovers, both a helicopter and a vintage warbird flight around the Bay Area are available to bid upon.

Looking for a place to get away? How about a week in a Jill Tarter’s lake-side cabin at Donner Lake, or a similar stay in Bend, Oregon. There’s a day trip to the wine county for six, featuring visits to several wineries and lunch, with all transportation provided.

Fine art—including space art—will be on display and for purchase through the auction. Three signed and framed Marc Chagall lithographs ( Floral Bouquet, Les Lupins Blue, and Red Bouquet with Lovers, each with certifications) will be featured. Other pieces included are original space-inspired art by Lynette Cook, Danielle Futselaar, Charles Lindsay, Carol Berry and Pascal Lee. Want to know more about the artwork? Visit seticon.com/2012/auction-items/.

For the armchair space buff, a wide variety of autographed books are on auction, including first edition Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Exterrestial Intelligence: The First Encounter signed the original Star Trek cast and others, including Frank Drake. Lucky attendees will also find autographed books from Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jill Tarter, Kevin Grazier, Rosaly Lopez, Andrew Fraknoi, Richard Rhodes, Lynette Cook, and others.

Bidders can pick up fine wine, dinners with scientists, and space-related collectibles. Winners can own a Mars meteorite donated by David Morrison or a Pioneer Mission replica plaque signed by Frank Drake, who collaborated with his close friend, Carl Sagan, in its design. Signed posters—including autographed Spider-Man poster—and simply fun items round out the auction.

The SETIcon auction is a fund-raiser for the SETI Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit scientific and educational research organization. Auction proceeds will help to support science research and education.

To attend only the auction, arrive by 4:30 PM Saturday, June 23, and register for a bidder paddle at Auction/Exhibit rooms at the Hyatt Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA. Free parking behind the hotel; hotel is at the Great America Station of the light rail.

For much more information about the entire weekend event, go to: seticon.org tickets will be available at the door, starting at 4 PM, Friday, June 22.

Accredited journalists wanting to attend SETIcon can sign up for complimentary press registration with Curtis Sparrer at curtis.sparrer@graylingcp.com

About the SETI INSTITUTE

The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach. Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 150 scientists, educators and support staff. For more information, www.seti.org. 650-961-6633.