My previous post on the hibernation of the Allen Array Telescope got a lot of attention and I have been contacted by various people to discuss its impact on the institute and on my research.
First of all, I should remind my readers that the SETI Institute is a research institution composed of three departments:
- The Center for education and public outreach which manages the E/PO of various NASA projects such as Kepler and SOFIA and also our Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
- The Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe composed of ~60 scientists who conduct scientific projects in all fields related to the Drake Equation, from astronomy to biology.
- The Center for SETI Research led by Jill Tarter which develops citizen science programs to engage the public in SETI Research.
I am a planetary astronomer of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute. My research is mostly funded by federal grants from NASA and NSF. Consequently, the hibernation of the ATA will have no impact on my research. Because we have numerous projects being conducted at the Carl Sagan Center by a large number of investigators, the SETI Institute is ...