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SETI AIR Newsletter - March 2023

SETI AIR Newsletter - March 2023

SETI AIR Newsletter




Bettina Forget

What does the search for habitable worlds mean for us? This month, the SETI Institute led a fascinating panel at SXSW to discuss habitability on Earth and beyond. SETI AIR Brittany Nelsonprovided a poignant counterpoint to the scientists’ discussion of the Drake equation by explaining how she finds meaning in data and creates an emotional connection to space exploration. “I’m interested in why we search, what our compulsion is, and re-reading some of the images in the NASA archives.”

Staying on the theme of habitable worlds, the Exotopia project is gearing up for launch. The third voyage starts in early April, this time to the mysterious water world TOI-1452B. Tickets are still available!

Make sure to check out our News and Events section for upcoming exhibitions, book launches, and talks.

Wishing you clear skies,



Artist Highlights


SETI at SXSW PanelSETI at SXSW Panel Group Picture

Brittany Nelson, Franck Marchis, Kennda Lynch, and Sofia Sheikh

SETI AIR at SXSW: Habitability on Earth and Beyond

Are we alone? Hear from leaders in science and the intersection of science and art about what it means for a planet to be habitable, how we’re exploring on Earth and beyond to uncover clues about the co-evolution of life and environment and why any of it matters to the people of Planet Earth.

Looks like our panelists had a great time!


Image Credits: Lauren Sgro



TOI Spaceship interior 2023

Scott Kildall

Exotopia: TOI-1452B: Opening ther TOI-Box

You will join the 100 person crew of the USSS Hypatia on its approach to TOI-1452b and assist in the exploration of its surface. Your goal is to collect as much data about the planet and its resources as possible, and report back about its viability for future exploration.

NEW: The Exotopia site now features an integrated AI art generator, so you’ll be able to illustrate your own adventure story right on the website.  



SETI AIR Artist News & Events


Robleto - SETI AIR artwork

Dario Robleto

The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto

January 27 - July 9, 2023
Block Museum of Art



Poster for Passages en passant

Daniela de Paulis

Passages en passant

Exhibition and workshops
Goethe Institut Rotterdam


Reclaiming Space book cover of a rainbow and hand reaching the sky

Daniela de Paulis

Reclaiming Space: Progressive and Multicultural Visions of Space Exploration

Embodiment in Space Imagery: Beyond the Dominant Narrative.
By Daniela de Paulis and Chelsea Haramia
Oxford University Press


Book cover for Space and Society book

Daniela de Paulis

Daniela joined the editorial board for Springer Space and Society.


SETI AIR Xin Liu artwork

Xin Liu

Lifelike: Exploring Body Sovereignty in Web3

March 16 - April 2, 2023


AI Artwork by Bettina Forget

Bettina Forget

/imagine: Deconstructing AI Art

Workshop and panel discussion
4TH SPACE, Concordia University




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