Press Release and SETI Institute Announce Strategic Partnership

By SpaceRef Editor
October 11, 2000
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SETI Institute Chooses as Exclusive Internet Content,
Distribution and Marketing Partner, the premiere space multimedia
company, today announced a strategic media partnership with the SETI
Institute, the leading scientific research organization conducting the
world’s most comprehensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence
(SETI). In addition, has appointed Dr. Jill C. Tarter,
director of the Institute’s SETI programs and holder of the Institute’s
endowed Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, to its advisory board. and the SETI Institute will combine resources to create a new
section on dedicated to SETI science. Debuting this fall,
the “SETI Channel” will feature news and commentary about the ongoing
search for alien life, as well as exclusive interactive features such as
chats with SETI scientists and multimedia coverage of conferences and
telescope observations. In addition, will host the SETI
Institute Web site, and develop and host all official SETI Institute
community activities including chats, message boards and a calendar of
events. A preview of the SETI Channel can be found at

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with the SETI Institute to
deliver the excitement of SETI science to a world-wide audience,” said Chairman and CEO Lou Dobbs. “In the broad universe of space
exploration, no activity generates as much interest as the search for
life. And now there will be a direct connection between the public and
those who actually look for extraterrestrial life.”

“In addition to our SETI efforts, we also have a large group of
scientists pondering the possibility of simple life nearby, as close as
our own solar system,” said SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson. “For
instance, life may well exist on Mars or underneath the icy crust of
Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Our partnership with will give many
people the opportunity to follow this work, and it will also help
support our research.”

From October 11 – 20, will showcase SETI Institute
observations, in the most ambitious search ever for extraterrestrial
life, at the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico. and the
SETI Institute will highlight the semi-annual Project Phoenix
observations by featuring the daily journal of one of the Institute’s
Principal Scientists, Dr. Seth Shostak, and will provide exclusive live
access to research center activities via Web cams, video and chats.

SpaceRef staff editor.