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What if we detect life?

Astronomers explore the next steps in the search for ET.
RELATED TOPICS: EXOPLANETS | SETI
Alien-life
In 2012, Astronomy ran the article “What happens when we detect alien life?” to address these concerns. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, described the science of such a discovery, overviewed SETI detection protocols, and explored the public’s uncertain reaction in that story. Read his thoughts by downloading the PDF.

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