SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Orbital evolution of outer Solar System satellites

Thursday, September 01 2011 - 2:22 pm, PDT
This proposal focuses on the dynamics of satellites orbiting three outer Solar System objects: Jupiter, Saturn and the dwarf planet Haumea. The proposed work is divided into three main themes, each dealing with one of the above systems. In each case we use dynamical models to uncover the past of the system.

Life in the Universe

Monday, June 20 2011 - 4:17 pm, PDT
The Life in the Universe curriculum is a unique set of resources, for elementary and middle school teachers, designed to bring the excitement of searching for life beyond Earth into the classroom. The SETI Institute, with funding from NSF and NASA, developed these award winning classroom materials with a team of educators, curriculum developers, and scientists. The Life in the Universe curriculum explores many facets of how scientists are trying to answer the questions: Where did life come from? What is its future? Are we alone?

Mysteries of Science

Monday, June 20 2011 - 3:33 pm, PDT
Mysteries of Science is a national standards-based educational website for students, teachers and the general public designed to demonstrate how scientists use spectroscopy to learn about the surface composition of the cold worlds in our solar system.

PAH database website

The NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database: PAH Spectroscopy at Your Fingertips

Monday, June 13 2011 - 2:06 pm, PDT
The goal of this project is to expand the content and capabilities of the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database ( that we have previously developed with NASA grant support.

Detection of Complex, Electromagnetic Markers of Technology

Monday, June 06 2011 - 2:13 pm, PDT
The proposed work seeks to extend the current capabilities of SETI searches for signals indicative of technology in remote locations. This is significant because current searches of this type simply look for carrier signals, the transmissions used to synch receivers with the coded information either on or adjacent to the carrier signal. The carrier signal detections would not necessarily contain any of the information transmitted. As such, a detection of a carrier signal only indicates the presence of technology, but little about the content of the transmission. The proposers seek to expand the SETI search toward the more complex transmissions that are superceding the use of carrier signals on Earth today.

The Allen Telescope Array: Science Operations

Monday, June 06 2011 - 11:09 am, PDT
Intellectual Merit The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a pioneering centimeter-wavelength radio telescope that will produce science that cannot be done with any other instrument. The ATA is the first radio telescope designed for commensal observing; it will simultaneously undertake the most comprehensive and sensitive SETI surveys ever done as well as the deepest and largest area continuum and spectroscopic surveys. The science of the ATA is enabled by a wide range of innovative technical developments. The astronomy decadal panel, Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millenium, endorsed SETI and recognized the ATA (then, the 1 Hectare Telescope) as an important stepping-stone o the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), its highest ranked "moderate project" in radio astronomy.

Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

Thursday, April 21 2011 - 4:14 pm, PDT
We seek to support the operation and evolution of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission throughout the entire lifecycle of the mission that ends in November 2013. The proposed work spans the full range of science processing from data collection on the spacecraft to publication of confirmed results.

Planetary Protection: Policy Development, Implementation Issues, and Societal Concerns

Wednesday, April 13 2011 - 5:00 pm, PDT
Our work will maintain a focus on planetary protection policies and implementation in the context of scientific exploration in the solar system, and will also examine and communicate about the implications of new and revised PP policy in response to future planned human missions and commercial space activities on the Moon and Mars.

Accurate Insights on Multiple Asteroid Systems: Shape, Bulk Density and Formation

Friday, February 11 2011 - 4:31 pm, PST
We will conduct a robust and consistent observing program to gather detailed information of a large sample of known multiple asteroid systems.

Formation of Solar and Extrasolar Giant Planets by Core-Nucleated Accretion

Wednesday, September 01 2010 - 2:27 pm, PDT
The objective of the proposed research is the improvement of the understanding of gas giant planet formation through the Core-Nucleated Accretion model, based on constraints derived from solar and extrasolar planet observations.