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Scientist Seeking Signs of Extraterrestrial Life to Receive the SETI Institute’s Drake Award

Mountain View, CA – Victoria Meadows wants to know what life beyond Earth looks like. How can we tell whether a neighboring exoplanet located 4 or 20 or 100 lightyears away from Earth is able to sustain life? At the NASA Astrobiology Institute Virtual Planetary Laboratory, Victoria and her team are developing computer models to understand how stars and planets interact to enable a planet to…
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SETI Institute-Unistellar Partnership Promises to Revolutionize Amateur Astronomy

July 18, 2017 Mountain View, CA, USA and Marseille, France — The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar, announced a partnership today to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cutting-edge science.  Unistellar’s new eVscope™   leverages “Enhanced Vision” imaging…
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New Studies of Clay Formation Provide Clues about Early Martian Climate

Monday, February 05 2018 - 10:00 am, PST February 5, 2018, Mountain View, CA -- New research published in Nature Astronomy seeks to understand how surface clay was formed on Mars despite its cold climate. The climate on early Mars has presented an enigma for planetary scientists because surface features such as valley networks indicate abundant liquid water was present and the clay minerals…
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Andrew Siemion Named Bernard M. Oliver Chair of SETI at the SETI Institute

April 9, 2018, Mountain View, CA – In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, the SETI Institute today announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew P.V. Siemion, Astrophysicist and Director of the U.C. Berkeley SETI Research Center, to the Bernard M. Oliver Chair of SETI Research at the SETI Institute.  Dr. Siemion is one of the most active and respected authorities on the Search…
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Unistellar to receive CES 2018 Innovation Award for smart, powerful, crowd-funded consumer telescope

Marseille and San Francisco, Jan. 8 — After a busy and productive 2017, Unistellar is back at CES in Las Vegas to receive the 2018 Innovation Award for its eVscope, a compact, connected, and incredibly powerful consumer telescope that raised an astonishing $2.2 million in a November 2017 Kickstarter campaign. Unistellar, a startup that’s committed to restoring the joy of night-sky viewing to…
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SETI Institute Fellow, Edna DeVore, Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 20, 2017, Mountain View, CA – SETI Institute Fellow and Director of Education at the SETI Institute Edna DeVore has been awarded the additional distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is recognizing Edna for her distinguished contributions to astronomy education and to the professional communities working to increase appreciation…
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Do You Have the Perfect Nickname for New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target?

Mountain View, CA – Today NASA announced a new naming campaign for the next flyby target of the New Horizons spacecraft. At the moment, the target is officially known as “(486958) 2014 MU69”, or “MU69” for short. Hosted by the SETI Institute, Frontier Worlds (frontierworlds.seti.org) is a new website that invites the public to nominate possible nicknames, vote, and track the progress of the…
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SETI Institute Elects Dava Newman to Board of Trustees

Mountain View, CA – The Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute has unanimously elected Dava Newman as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Dava is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member in Cambridge, MA. She previously served as Deputy Administrator of NASA under the…
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Melrae Pictures Producing 360 VR Eclipse Experience -- SETI Institute Proud to Participate

September 19, 2017, Mountain View, CA – Founder/Director Melissa Butts of Melrae Pictures is producing a one-of-a-kind virtual reality (VR) documentary about last month’s incredible total eclipse of the Sun, “The Great American Eclipse 360.” The SETI Institute has been proud to take part, connecting the production with sponsors – Nokia for cameras and 3D Paint/FX for post-production. Lockheed…
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Unistellar Unveils Consumer Enhanced Vision Telescope at IFA 2017

Marseille, August, 31 2017. Unistellar will unveil the design of its revolutionary new Enhanced Vision Telescope (eVscope™ ) in September at IFA Next in Berlin, along with details of its upcoming worldwide crowdfunding campaign to fund the production of this telescope capable of giving amateurs unprecedented views of the Universe thanks to its light amplification technology. This event comes…