I have always been fascinated with SETI. To be clear, in light of my recent posts on Atlantis and aliens, I would never say that there is no possibility of life on other worlds. In fact, The Drake Equation is hard to refute; we’re finding that it is rather conservative (we have been finding more habitable planets for life in the past year than we thought probably ten years ago). This recent campaign is quite useful, considering that we have better equipment now than they had 50 years ago. I hope we find something; how cool would that be?
In a vast cosmic experiment equivalent to hitting “redial,” astronomers in a dozen countries are aiming telescopes to listen in once again on some of the stars that were part of the world’s first search for alien life 50 years ago.
The coordinated signal-searching campaign began this month to mark the 50th anniversary of Project Ozma, a 1960 experiment that was christened the world’s first real attempt in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or SETI.
Like Project Ozma, which got its name from a character in L. Frank Baum’s series of books about the Land of Oz, the new search is called Project Dorothy.