SETI Institute Scientist Seth Shostak Testified Before the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee (Update)



The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee held hearings on SETI Wednesday morning, May 21, 2014. Testimony on radio SETI was given by the Institute's Seth Shostak; the topic of optical SETI was covered by Dan Werthimer, of the University of California Berkeley's SETI program.

This testimony was arranged by the chair of the subcommittee, Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to acquaint members with the motivation, status, and prospects of SETI efforts. In the past year, there has also been testimony to this subcommittee on other astrobiology topics by scientists such as Sara Seager and historian Steven Dick. The Institute's Laurance Doyle talked about exoplanet discoveries to the subcommittee in May of 2013. In his testimony, Shostak placed SETI in the context of advances in astrobiology in general.

Smith, who has a long-standing interest in astronomy and related topics, has visited the SETI Institute in the past, and came to the Arecibo Observatory at the time of the SETI Institute's Project Phoenix observing program.