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The SETI Institute was set up in 1984 to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. They believe they are conducting the most profound search in human history - to know our beginnings and our place among the stars. The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The Institute comprises 3 centers, The Center for SETI Research, The Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach. The SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 150 scientists, educators and support staff. Research at the Institute is anchored by two centers. Dr Jill Tarter leads the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research as Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. Dr David Morrison is the Director for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. Edna DeVore leads the Center for Education and Public Outreach. The illustration is copied from the website of the SETI Institute with their kind permission. The SETI to-day is a forward thinking large organisation determined to do its upmost to scan the skies for the evidence not just of LIFE but of INTELLIGENT technological civilisations. It has used a number of telescopes including the Arecibo but is now using the dishes of the Allen Array Radio Telescope.

Ray Goodwin

Somewhere there are mountains
Glistening in the snow
Somewhere there are mountains
That we shall never know

Somewhere there are rivers
Flowing fast and free
Somewhere there are rivers
That we can never see

Somewhere there are oceans
And sun drenched island sands
Forests full of creatures
In vastly distant lands

Somewhere there’s a planet
Beneath an alien star
The people watch our tiny sun
And wonder where we are

One day perhaps we’ll find them
Across the void of space
Perhaps through ways as yet unknown
We’ll meet them face to face

The author of this web site Ray Goodwin holds B.Sc. Degrees from London University in Chemistry, Geology and Physiology and an M.Sc. in Biochemistry. He has spent most of his professional life teaching in Colleges of Technology. On his retirement he has entered the fields of astronomy, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. He has spent a great deal of his retirement in visiting amateur astronomy societies and in attending European Space Agency Symposia in ESTEC in the Netherlands and other scientific conferences in England and Sweden. He regularly attends the yearly European Astrofest in South Kensington London and other meetings in the UK. He has written scientific articles and given a number of lectures on diverse scientific subjects.

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