Astrobiology

Mars Ice

Possible Underground Lake Discovered on Mars

A new study published on the journal Science suggests that there may be a liquid water lake below the ice on Mars’ south pole. While water is thought to have once been abundant on Mars billions of years ago, this is the first to be found. Researchers used radar data from an instrument called MARSIS to look below the surface of Mars. MARSIS is on board a European Space Agency spacecraft called…
Janice Bishop

Janice Bishop Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Congratulations to Janice Bishop, named 2018 Fellow of the Geological Society of America.   Janice Bishop, Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, was elected as a Fellow to the Geological Society of America (GSA) at the spring GSA Council meeting. According to the GSA website, “GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to…

International Astronautical Conference

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) consists of a scientific conference program and a space exhibition. It is the one time of the year opportunity when about 4,000 space actors from all over the world come together. The goal of the theme "IAC 2018 - involving everyone" is to share a vision of a more diverse space sector. The extensive outreach program will place special emphasis on…

AlienCon 2018: Explore the Unexplained

AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about the extraterrestrial existence throughout history and will feature thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits and more. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Astronomer will be a presenter, giving several talks: “Why Space?”, “What is Astrobiology?”, and “What is SETI?” Other speakers will…

The 2018 Drake Award: Honoring Victoria S. Meadows

The SETI Institute’s Drake Award celebrates exemplary contributions to astrobiology through scientific research and space exploration. The award is named for Frank Drake, whose Drake Equation first identified the specific factors necessary for the emergence of life in the Universe and the evolution of technological civilizations. This honor is given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of…

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series event has passed, but a video of the lecture can be found here. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk. Dr. Tarter is one of the great scientific pioneers of our time, leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. To celebrate the publication of Sarah Scoles’ recent…

Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS): 50th Annual Meeting

DPS 50th Annual Meeting The Division for Planetary Sciences is a division of the American Astronomical Society devoted to Solar System research. Program schedule to be announced.

The Anthropocene: What Now?

The last officially recognized epoch on Earth, the Holocene, began at the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. Now, climate change, and in particular humanity’s impact on climate change, has led to the suggestion that we are already in a new epoch, the Anthropocene. David’s most recent book, Earth in Human Hands, was named Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday, explores…
El Tatio

Searching for Life on Mars in Chile

El Tatio is a geyser field in the Andes in Chile. At more than 14,000 feet above sea level, El Tatio is among the highest and driest geyser systems in the world, making it frequent location for Mars analog research – that is, research here on Earth in environments that may be similar what the environment on Mars may be, or may have once been. SETI Institute scientist J.R. Skok was invited to…

NASA's search for habitable planets and life beyond the solar system

Dr. Gary H. Blackwood earned his BS, MS and PHD in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT. He has been an employee at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA since 1988 and has worked on technology development for precision astronomical instruments and astrophysics missions including the Hubble Wide/Field Planetary Camera-2, the StarLight formation-flying interferometer, the…