April 28, 2011 in Santa Clara at Oracle, the SDForum Tech Women Evening Program hosted Jill Tarter, Director of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). She talked about the SETI Institute mission to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe since 1985. On Project Phoenix, Tarter scrutinized about 750 nearby star systems using telescopes in Australia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. The scientist character played by Jodie Foster in the movie “Contact” is largely based on Tarter.
Now Tarter heads up the the Center for SETI Research efforts to build and operate the Allen Telescope Array of 350 antennas that are each 6 meters in diameter. This telescope will increase the speed and spectral search range of the hunt for signals. While she believes we now have the tools, SETI needs funding to do the job. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is now a search for terrestrial funding.
Anyone interested in SETI research can visit their site at seti.org.
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