Press Releases

kepler 1649b April 06, 2017
POSSIBLE VENUS TWIN DISCOVERED AROUND DIM STAR
Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope have found a planet 219 light-years away that seems to be a close relative to Venus. This newly discovered world is only slightly larger than Earth, and orbits a low-temperature star called Kepler-1649 that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun.
April 04, 2017
NASA Announces Frontier Development Lab 2017 Challenges
NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) announced its 2017 challenges and opened the participant application process, with a deadline of April 19, 2017.
Ceres in false color January 18, 2017
Observations of Ceres indicate that asteroids might be camouflaged
Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface of Ceres that appears to be fragments of other asteroids.
Nathalie Cabrol December 12, 2016
Watch Nathalie Cabrol's AGU Sagan Lecture on life and environment
On December 14, Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute, gave the prestigious Sagan Lecture at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). If you missed it, you can still sign up at AGU to watch the recorded stream once they make it available.
Moon October 31, 2016
Did Early Earth Spin On Its Side?
New theoretical modeling of the ancient history of the Earth and the Moon suggests that the giant collision that spawned our natural satellite may have left Earth spinning very fast, and with its spin axis highly tilted.
Osiris Rex September 06, 2016
MISSION TO EXAMINE THE PAST AND SAFEGUARD THE FUTURE
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, September 8th. Its mission is to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018, take a sample from its surface, and return that sample to Earth in 2023.
SETI logo July 27, 2016
NEW LOOK FOR ORGANIZATION SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN SPACE
The SETI Institute, a renowned nonprofit research organization, has unveiled a new logo and brand mark to better reflect its mission to search for, and understand, life beyond Earth.
AWARDS FOR EXOPLANET RESEARCH July 27, 2016
AWARDS FOR EXOPLANET RESEARCH
Three SETI Institute scientists have received NASA’s most prestigious honors for their work in the burgeoning field of exoplanet research.
Alien Mindscapes July 07, 2016
SETI Institute Calls for New Tools in Search for ET
“Are we alone in the Universe?” is the provocative question that inspires the scientific search for life beyond Earth. Today, we know definitively of only one planet that hosts life, and that is Earth. How can we find life, and in particular, intelligent life beyond our world?
FDL group photo June 30, 2016
ELITE TEAM TO CONSIDER NEW APPROACHES TO ASTEROID DANGER
Frontier Development Lab is a six-week long research accelerator, championed by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, that engages young researchers from around the world to take on one of the truly existential threats to our species.
Water on Mars May 26, 2016
CLUE TO MARS’ CLIMATE HISTORY: POLAR CAP SLOWLY BUILDING
A science team led by Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute has measured the seasonal changes in Mars northern ice cap, and finds a net deposition each year that’s slightly more than the thickness of a human hair.
Ancient Bedrock May 23, 2016
POTENTIAL HABITATS FOR EARLY LIFE ON MARS
Recently discovered evidence of carbonates beneath the surface of Mars points to a warmer and wetter environment in that planet’s past. The presence of liquid water could have fostered the emergence of life.

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