SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Investigating the mineralogy at Libya Montes, Mars, determining if carbonates are present, and characterizing the geologic history of the Isidis Planitia region

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:42 am, PDT
This project includes five coordinated tasks designed to investigate the composition, character and stratigraphy of the aqueous mineralogy at Libya Montes and revise our understanding of the valley networks along the southern edge of Isidis Basin and the dominant geologic processes that have governed the Isidis Planitia region.

Terrestrial Planet Geologic History Investigations

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:24 am, PDT
PI Beyer proposes several scientific, mission support, and public outreach activities that include investigations on Mars, the Moon, the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, and Pluto.

Methane Imaging Search for Planetary Mass Objects in the Nearest Star-Forming Regions

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:06 am, PDT
Methane Imaging Search for Planetary Mass Objects in the Nearest Star-Forming Regions

Validation, calibration, and scientific analysis of profiles acquired by the atmospheric sounders on MGS and MRO

Friday, October 31 2014 - 10:39 am, PDT
This investigation will assess the accuracy and mutual consistency of atmospheric profiles acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Climate Sounder (MCS), and radio occultation (RO) experiments conducted with both spacecraft.

The Formation and Detection of Biogenic Aromatics in Dense Molecular Clouds around Embedded Protostars

Wednesday, October 15 2014 - 2:06 pm, PDT
A comprehensive theoretical and experimental study of the reactions and spectroscopy of PAHs in H2O ices with the goal of understanding the stepwise formation of complex, prebiotic, substituted PAHs in dense cloud material in the environment associated with embedded low-mass young stellar objects.

Hatcreek observatory

The Allen Telescope Array

Tuesday, October 25 2011 - 9:56 am, PDT
The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a "Large Number of Small Dishes" (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for “commensal” (simultaneous) surveys of conventional radio astronomy projects and SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) observations at centimeter wavelengths.

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.