The Western Lines

February 11, 2010

Modern Marvels – E.T. Tech

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astrobiology,Astronomy,Modern Marvels,SETI — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise in order to help commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Frank Drake’s Project Ozma and kick start a year long celebration to mark the birth of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and Astrobiology program in general we begin today by exploring the various technologies that make these endeavours possible.

These technologies have taken us to Mars to sift its sands for life and have led to development of sophisticated radio telescopes that help us sieve through the cosmic radio spectrum for signs of intelligent signals from other intelligent civilizations that share this awesome Cosmos with us.
In 2003, when Mars was closer to Earth than it had been in 60,000 years, scientists launched three life-seeking planetary landers. NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity and the European Space Agency’s failed Beagle 2 mission represent the pinnacle technologies in the current search for extraterrestrial life. And, the current generation of space based telescopes such as Kepler and its descents will shed light on the number of worlds in our galaxy that may indeed harbour life and extraterrestrial civilizations.

Modern Marvels – E.T. Tech


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