NASA’s TESS Will Team Up with Breakthrough Listen SETI to Discover Life on Exoplanets

by Ernest Thomas
NASA’s TESS Will Team Up with Breakthrough Listen SETI to Discover Life on Exoplanets

NASA’s latest probe is participating in the hunt search for intelligent aliens. The American space agency’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission aims to team up with $100 million projects for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). The team functioning over the commission has announced the news on Wednesday. The Breakthrough Listen SETI initiative is an effort of the University of California, Berkeley. The facility has announced it will collaborate with the researchers functioning on TESS. Besides, NASA had launched TESS in April 2018, intending to discover alien planets that could be revolving around nearby stars. Whereas, Breakthrough Listen is a scientific program looking for extra-terrestrial life. Also, it expects to explore a million neighboring stars, over 100 nearby galaxies, and the galactic plane.

Sara Seager, Deputy Science Director of TESS, said they are very excited regarding the Breakthrough Listen SETI project. The executive also noted that among all the exoplanet attempts, only SETI has assured to seek for signs of intelligent life. The latest collaboration will add around a thousand new TESS-discovered objects of interest to the target list of Breakthrough Listen. Even more, it will upgrade the analysis strategy of Listen and offer more crucial information regarding undetected objects. The team will use TESS to identify signals of advanced alien civilizations. Stellar light curves and technosignatures are the two factors which may assist in the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

Dr. Pete Worden, Breakthrough Initiative’s Executive Director, said it seems amazing that the world’s most powerful SETI search will work together with the TESS researchers. The executive added the effort would include the participation of Breakthrough Initiatives partner facilities worldwide. Dr. Pete said they are looking ahead to work together as an attempt to answer a complex question about our planet in the Universe – are we alone? In the upcoming time, Listen’s search will use some of the highly developed observations worldwide. Besides, the mission will use MeerKAT, Parkes, and Green Bank radio telescopes as well as a set of Allen telescopes of the SETI Institute.

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