SETI at Fifty

Science magazines the world over are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary marking the birth of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. One magazine in particular deserves special praise for its outstanding special issue – the Australian popular science magazine “Cosmos –The Science of Everything”.


In their special 50th anniversary SETI issue , COSMOS: Pioneer Frank Drake explains why he believes the galaxy is teeming with life, astrophysicist Paul Davies looks for evidence of bizarre life on Earth, and in the article Lingua Galactica Jon Lomberg finds the common ground for communication with sentient life forms. You’ll also meet Jill Tarter – the inspiration for Jodie Foster’s character in Contact, and discover what evolution might spawn on other worlds in the article Interstellar Safari. Be sure to view Cosmos Magazine’s SETI@50: Special Online Report and take a look at the following feature articles:


The most famous signal in SETI history was detected on the night of 15 August 1977 at the Ohio State University Big Ear Observatory. Has anything happened since?


Frank Drake is still confident we’ll eventually find extraterrestrial civilisations. Read about it, in his own words, in his interview with Wilson da Silva.

Far from being a product of the UFO craze, the desire to contact intelligent life dates back to Ancient Greece.

In today’s video features we will focus on three individuals who names have become synonymous with the endeavour to find Extraterrestrial Civilizations. What they have to say will give us greater insight on the motivations, science and philosophy behind the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

And from all of us at Discovery Enterprise – Happy 50th Birthday SETI!

SETI@50 Video Features

Prof. Frank Drake – Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Prof. Frank Drake – Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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Seth Shostak: Confessions of an Alien Hunter

Jill Tarter: Why the Search for Alien Intelligence Matters

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