SETI Institute in the News

Image of the grey and white Super Moon against a black background

SETI Institute in the news August 2 - August 8, 2018

Planetary Protection: the Moon and Beyond How “clean” is the moon? Although early manned missions to the moon took strict measures to prevent backwards contamination (the introduction of harmful extraterrestrial organisms to Earth), our moon proved to be lifeless. The challenge, it seems, is preventing forward contamination – bringing Earth microbes to other worlds, including our own moon.…
Two men looking up at July 2018's lunar eclipse, where Mars can be seen.

SETI Institute in the news July 26 - August 1, 2018

All About Mars Mars has been a bit of a media darling lately. Recently, it has been closer to the Earth than it’s been since 2003. Because the Earth and Mars have elliptical (egg-shaped) orbits around the sun, orbit at different speeds and are slightly tilted in relation to each other, the distance between the red planet and Earth varies throughout the years. “Close” is still a relative term,…
orbital view of the south polar cap on Mars, where scientists using radar may have found a buried watery reservoir

SETI Institute in the news July 19 - July 25, 2018

Liquid Water on Mars? New Evidence of Underground Lake Exciting data has been reported in the journal Science, revealing that radar scans of Mars indicate the presence of liquid salt water a mile beneath the surface of the red planet’s southern pole. The presence of the underground lake still needs to be confirmed, but it’s promising news for astrobiologists hoping to locate environments that…
New Girl Scout Badges which include badges in Space Exploration, Mechanical Engineering, and Robotics.

SETI Institute in the news July 12 - July 18, 2018

Girls Take Charge, Reach for the Stars: New Badges Announced by Girl Scouts of the USA The Girl Scouts of the USA has long been committed to encouraging leadership and excellence in girls, and now has announced 30 new badges to help girls develop skills in fields such as computer science, engineering, robotics, and space sciences. Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts, funded by…
Meteorite from asteroid found in Botswana

SETI Institute in the news July 5 - July 11, 2018

SETI Scientist Peter Jenniskens Helps Locate Meteorite in Rare Find On June 2, 2018, the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey detected a small asteroid, too small to pose a threat to Earth as it was expected to disintegrate in the atmosphere. But it did make a fiery entry into the skies over Botswana, flashing brilliantly in a fireball witnessed by sky watchers and security cameras. In…
The Mars Rover

SETI Institute in the news June 28 - July 4, 2018

Planetary Protection: Protecting Both Earth AND Other Planets Challenges await the new NASA planetary protection officer, Lisa Pratt, who’s charged with ensuring U.S. missions to space address the threat of biological contamination – both of Earth and by Earth. While an extraterrestrial plague may be the distressing scenario played out in the imaginations of science-fiction writers and…
Pine Mountain Observatory

SETI Institute in the News June 14 - 20, 2018

Girls Reach for the Stars with SETI Institute and NASA Program Two young women in Pomeroy, Washington are enjoying a unique opportunity to pursue their astronomical aspirations with the Girl Scouts of America, according to a local news source. In partnership with the SETI Institute and NASA, the Girls Scouts offer their girls a chance to get hands-on experience with STEM (science, technology,…
ultima thule

SETI Institute in the news June 7 -13, 2018

New Horizons Awake and Approaching Ultima Thule Recently revived after a five-month scheduled hibernation, NASA’s New Horizons is preparing for its encounter with the farthest world explored yet by humankind. The target is a Kuiper Belt object, which New Horizons will fly past to study on January 1, 2019. While it retains its official designation of 486958) 2014 MU69, it was nicknamed Ultima…
Maggie Turnbull

SETI Institute In the News May 31 - June 6, 2018

New Award Honors SETI Institute Scientist, Maggie Turnbull The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) announced the creation of the Maggie C. Turnbull Astrobiology Early Career Service Award, named for SETI Institute research scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Margaret Turnbull. The Conveners of the 2018 Astrobiology Graduate Conference and the Berkeley SETI Research Center created the award in honor…
rover

SETI Institute in the News May 24 - 30, 2018

Pascal Lee Weighs in on the Science of Sci-Fi Science fiction frequently bends the rules of reality in pursuit of imaginative concepts. While the genre sometimes embraces scientific accuracy, there are many examples of books and films that throw the rules of physics out the door in order to push the plot forward. However, manned expeditions to Mars are increasingly leaving the realm of fiction…