Since 1995, nearly 2,000 planets have been found around other stars, but of even greater import is the newly learned fact that as many as one in five stellar systems could house an Earth-like planet. There is abundant real estate for – not just life – but intelligent life in the cosmos. At the StarLight Festival, Andre Bormanis sat down with Dr. Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, to discuss current SETI efforts as well as some new approaches to finding ...
NASA scientists with their board of calculations, If you think you're thankful for computers, just think about how NASA feels about them. Before the days of computers, NASA employees had a much more laborious way of calculating and presenting their data.
Festival Mementos The JPL/NASA exhibit is stocked with mementos for visitors. These include patch stickers for various missions. This one represents Expedition 20 and symbolizes a new era in space exploration with the first six-person crew living and working onboard the International Space Station. The gold stars symbolize the men and women of the crew.
Another dimension Fun times abound at the JPL/NASA booth, which is stocked with 3D glasses, stickers and more. JPL/NASA is one of the exhibitors on the second floor of the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center for the StarLight Festival.
Scott Roberts from the AstronomyOutreach network and Arlen Raasch from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club will be presenting the John Safer Galaxy Award to honor John Dobson for his lifetime of astronomy outreach education and his influence on amateur astronomy and telescope design. The award will be given on Sunday at the StarLight Festival in Big Bear California. See www.starlightfestival.com for more information.