Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe features SETI Institute Scientist Douglas Vakoch

The Star Trek Enterprise defies today’s science, traveling faster than light with its warp drive. But can we ever reach the stars, even if we are bound to the laws of physics we know today? “Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe,” by filmmaker Anthony Giacchino, explores the challenges of interstellar travel and shows how the SETI Institute is searching for life beyond Earth right now, using the latest technologies.

See how the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array lets us “explore strange new worlds” and “seek out new life and new civilizations,” estimate how many civilizations there are in our galaxy through the Drake Equation, and ponder how to tell extraterrestrials what it’s like to be human (all starting at 55:26).

Learn more about Doug Vakoch, Director of Interstellar Communication.