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Q3 2021 Activity Report of the SETI Institute

Q3 2021 Activity Report of the SETI Institute

Q3 2021 Activity Report of the SETI Institute

At the SETI Institute there are more than 100 scientists leading humanity’s quest to understand the origins and prevalence of life and intelligence in the universe and share our knowledge with the world. All are actively engaged with scientific research funded by NASA, the NSF and by private foundations and philanthropy. They work in labs, conduct field research and support missions; their discoveries are published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at scientific conferences; they mentor early-career scientists, explain their work at public talks and in the media. And they always pursue excellence in everything they do.

We are closer than ever to answering the most profound of questions, are we alone? And we are proud to share the recent activities of the SETI Institute.

Here are some highlights:

50 peer-reviewed articles including:

  1. Ćuk, M.; Lock, S. J.; Stewart, S. T.; Hamilton, D. P. (2021). Tidal Evolution of the Earth-Moon System with a High Initial Obliquity. The Planetary Science Journal, 2, 147.
  2. Hinson D.; Wang, H.; Wilson, J.; Spiga, A. (2021). Nighttime convection in water-ice clouds at high northern latitudes on Mars, Icarus, 371, 114693.
  3. Kostov, V. B.; Powell, B. P.; Torres, G., Borkovits, T.; Rappaport, S. A.; et al. (2021). TIC 454140642: A Compact, Coplanar, Quadruple-lined Quadruple Star System Consisting of Two Eclipsing Binaries, The Astrophysical Journal, 917, 93.
  4. Marchis, F.; Jorda, L.; Vernazza, P.; Brož, M.; Hanuš, J.; et al. (2021). (216) Kleopatra, a low density critically rotating M-type asteroid, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 653, A57.
  5. Rho, J.; Jarrett, T. H.; Tram, L. N.; Lim, W.; Reach, W. T.; Bieging, J.; et al. (2021). Shocked molecular hydrogen and borad CO emission from the supernova remnant HB 3, ,, 917, 47.

Conference abstracts and proceedings:

  1. Bishop, J. L.; Lezcano, M. A.; Parro, V.; Cabrol, N. A.; Sanchez-Garcia, L.; Carrizo, D.; Warren Rhodes, K.; Hinman, N. W. (September 13-24, 2021). VNIR Spectral Analyses of Paleolake Sediments at Lejía in the Altiplano Region of Chile, Europlanet Science Congress 2021, Abstract #EPSC2021-453.
  2. Esposito, T. M.; Avsar, A.; Peluso, D. O.; Marchis, F.; Santana, P.; et al. (August 2-6, 2021). Poster “TESS Planet Candidate Follow-up by Citizen Scientists in the Global Unistellar eVscope Network”, TESS Science Conference II, id.155.
  3. Venuti, L.; Cody, A. M.; Rebull, L. M.; Beccari, G.; Irwin, M. J.; et al.  (August 2-6, 2021). Poster “Multicolor Variability of Young Stars with Disks: Insights from Coordinated Space and Ground Observations”, TESS Science Conference II.

Technical reports and data releases:

  1. Marchis, F.; Jorda, L.; Vernazza, P.; Broz, M.; Hanus, J.; et al. (2021). VizieR Online Data Catalog: (216) Kleopatra images, VizieR Online Data Catalog, J/A+A/653 A57.
  2. Rosner, S. W. (CY2021Q2 ~ CY2022Q4). Curating and collating an extensive set of design drawings for the Echelon-CROSS-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES) instrument, in both native CAD and exported .PDF formats, to include unincorporated redlines, release notes and errata flag sheets, and preparing a Configuration Change Request (CCR) to submit these drawing sets into the formal SOFIA Configuration Management (CM) repository in a hierarchical tree structure.


  1. Jin, M. (Phase A, ongoing since March, 2020). Served as a Co-I of NASA Astrophysics SMEX mission ESCAPE.
  2. Kagawa, H. (July 2021). Sample return from the International Space Station via SpS22.
  3. Sarrazin, P. C. (Ongoing). Mars Science Laboratory Science Team member, CheMin Instrument.
  4. Sobron, P. (Ongoing). NASA Mars 2020 rover mission Science Team member, SHERLOC and SuperCam instrument development and operation.
  5. Tiscareno, M. S. and Showalter, M. R. (Ongoing). Participation in two groups developing observation plans for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)


  1. Cabrol, N. A. (2021). Voyage aux Frontières de la Vie, Le Seuil (Eds.), 480 pp.
  2. Caldwell, D: (July 28, 2021). NASA Ames Honor Award (Contractor Employee), for sustained efforts to enrich the science output of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Mission and successfully standing up a full frame image pipeline.
  3. Showalter, M. (2021). Recipient of the 2021 Harold Masursky Award for Meritorious Service to Planetary Science. This award is granted annually by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The award citation noted his 30 years as the Principal Investigator of the NASA Planetary Data System’s Ring-Moon Systems Node, based at the SETI Institute.




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