Press Releases

Titan and Saturn April 21, 2015
A New Collaboration to Aid the Search for Life on Distant Worlds
Hiroshi Imanaka, a research scientist at the SETI Institute and a specialist in the chemistry of planetary atmospheres, is part of a team recently selected to be part of NExSS.
Our Pluto March 20, 2015
Public Asked to Help Name Features on Pluto
The SETI Institute has announced the launch of its “Our Pluto” campaign, which is soliciting input on how to name features on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon.
Disaster Playground March 09, 2015
Film on Asteroid Impact Featuring Research of SETI Institute Scientists Showcased at SXSW Festival
A film on the threat from asteroids and featuring scientists from the SETI Institute and NASA will be showcased at the upcoming SXSW (South by Southwest) International Film Festival. The one-hour docu-drama, “Disaster Playground,” was directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute. It will be premiered at a festival that spotlights fictional pieces and documentaries, and will be the world premiere of Ben Hayoun’s film.
Titan and Saturn December 08, 2014
Answers Blowing in the Titan Wind
Using a specially engineered wind tunnel, scientists have solved a puzzle about wind-blown dunes on a world that has some striking similarities to our own.
Europa November 21, 2014
Remastered image of Europa released by NASA
NASA has issued an image advisory for a newly-processed global color view of Europa, our best such view ever and likely the best view we will have until a dedicated spacecraft returns to Europa sometime in the future. This image was produced by a team from the SETI Institute over the course of several months.
NASA Honors SETI Institute Scientists and Educators November 19, 2014
SETI Institute Garners NASA Awards
Today, NASA bestowed honors on SETI Institute scientists and educators, both as individuals and as members of research teams, citing their outstanding efforts on behalf of science, outreach and education.
Sounds of space November 03, 2014
Workshop Ponders Challenges of Communicating Across the Cosmos
The SETI Institute will convene the international workshop “Communicating Across the Cosmos: How Can We Make Ourselves Understood by Other Civilizations in the Galaxy?" on November 10-11, 2014, at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Asteroid Hackathon October 24, 2014
SETI institute Seeks Citizen Scientists to Help Save the World; Partners with NASA and Other Organizations to Host Asteroid Hackathon Saturday, Oct. 25
Event part of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge; SETI-Led Hackathons and Game Jams Connect Leading Scientists, Data Sets, and Citizens to Tackle Complex Challenges
Fingerprints of Life - NASA Astrobiology Institute October 07, 2014
Fingerprints of Life on Mars
NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) announced that the SETI Institute has been selected as a new member of the NAI for a 5-year research program, “Changing Planetary Environments and the Fingerprints of Life.”
Drake Equation September 11, 2014
SETI Institute Game Jam Challenges Developers to Riff on the Search for Life in the Universe
The SETI Institute, the world’s only organization dedicated to researching the origin and nature of life in the universe, has today announced SETI-JAM, the first game development jam to utilize SETI Institute research findings, data, and input from key scientists.
Saturn's F Ring September 08, 2014
Moonlets Created and Destroyed in a Ring of Saturn
There is an ongoing drama in the Saturnian ring system that causes small moons to be born and then destroyed on time scales that are but an eyeblink in the history of the solar system. SETI Institute scientists Robert French and Mark Showalter have examined photos made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of Saturn’s F ring, and compared them to 30 year-old pictures made by the Voyager mission. They think they understand why the photos seem so different: There is a never-ending process that both produces and destroys small moons.
Protoplanetary Disk August 28, 2014
How Can We Find Tiny Particles In Exoplanet Atmospheres?
Hard though it may be to believe, SETI Institute scientist Adrian Brown has worked out a scheme for finding particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance. They can do this by observing a blue tint in the light from far-off objects.