SETI

6:57pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life

Outgoing SETi director Jill Tarter
Courtesy of SETI

If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you’ll recall a scene where Jodie Foster, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She’s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, her eyes closed. And suddenly, she hears something, the sounds of something – someone  – beyond the earth, communicating with her.

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