The Planetary Society’s connections to Arecibo embody SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In 1981, NASA and the Society teamed as much as fund Suitcase SETI, a transportable spectrum analyzer that might be put in on massive radio telescopes like Arecibo. The venture spurred numerous other Society SETI efforts, together with SERENDIP, a collaboration with NASA, the Nationwide Science Basis, and the College of California, Berkeley to search for SETI indicators inside unrelated astronomical observations at Arecibo and different observatories. SERENDIP knowledge was ultimately funneled into [email protected], a preferred laptop program that allowed residents around the globe to search for SETI indicators utilizing spare computing energy. The Planetary Society offered the venture’s preliminary seed funding.
Arecibo Observatory performs a task in Contact, the 1985 novel by Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan a few scientist who finds a message from aliens inside radio indicators. The novel is predicated on a screenplay between Sagan and Ann Druyan and was tailored right into a 1997 film starring Jodie Foster.
The Planetary Society is following the state of affairs because the scientific group explores its choices to switch Arecibo’s capabilities. Any additional actions on the telescope itself should prioritize the well being and security of engineers, scientists, and technicians.