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A Brief History of Extraterrestrial Communication

Messages to and from Earth

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the History Students Association for a look at the modern history of human / extraterrestrial communications.

Since the 1960’s, humans have searched the sky for signs of extra-terrestrial signals.  Project Ozma, SETI, the Allen Telescope Array, and a host of other research projects have scanned the sky without finding any definative evidence of alien intelligence.

At the same time, humans themselves have sent both physical and radio messages into space.   The Aricebo message (right), the Pioneer Spacecraft Plaque, and the Voyager records all stem from the optomistic view that “aliens” will one day find them.
(and hopefully be able to decode them!)

This talk will examine these initiatives in context as well as the scientific likelyhood and societal implications of contact. 

Milam Hall (campus map)
Room 319A
Robert Peckyno
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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