Happy Birthday Frank Drake!

Happy Birthday Frank Drake!

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Happy Birthday to Frank Drake, the astronomer who established a methodology for finding company among the stars. Frank just celebrated his 91st birthday. He hopes that he’ll still be around to witness the first discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence. The chances are good.

Frank’s soft-spoken manner occasionally leads those who meet him to misjudge his knowledge and insight. But he didn’t simply stumble into a whole new experimental realm; his efforts were deliberate and reasoned.

Drake’s first SETI observations didn’t find any aliens. But his scheme is still seen as the best hope to do so, even six decades later.

To celebrate, we are sharing this video recorded live at the Drake Awards on May 6. Host Adam Savage (Mythbusters) introduces Dr. Frank Drake, creator of the Drake Equation.




JWST: NASA’s Amazing Next Generation Observatory


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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been called Hubble’s successor, and in terms of how it could revolutionize astronomy, perhaps it will earn that title. But JWST’s true lineage lies in the invisible realm of infrared astronomy, a type of light that can unlock the secrets of star birth, the chemistry of exoplanets, and the dawn of the age of galaxies. Meet JWST’s predecessors, get to know the beauty of the infrared sky, and see how JWST’s amazing design will change the way we see, and comprehend, our universe.


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