Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

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A Ground-Based SETI Receiver Dish

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is a privately funded, not-for-profit institute that is "dedicated to scientific research, education, and public outreach.".[1]


The actual "search for extra-terrestrial life," as it is known today started around 1959 with the advent of radio astronomy. In 1960, Frank Drake, a radio astronomer using a 26-meter radio telescope in West Virginia conducted the first modern "SETI-style" search. The SETI Institute was formed in 1984.[2] Many people consider their aim a futile mission that is more suited to science fiction than science.


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