Established in 1984 by Dr. Jill Tarter, Dr. Tom Pierson, and Dr. Charles Seeger, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute is a not-for-profit scientific institution committed to investigating, interpreting, and elucidating life beyond our own planet. Its core mission is to unearth signs of extraterrestrial existence and to address the timeless inquiry: Are we the only life forms in the universe?
Encompassing a broad spectrum of scientific fields such as astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology, and planetary science, the SETI Institute's research activities involve designing and utilizing cutting-edge technology to pick up potential signals from alien civilizations, investigating exoplanets for signs of habitability, and analyzing Earth's extreme environments to comprehend the prerequisites for life's existence.
The SETI Institute partners with academic institutions, research organizations, and global space agencies, nurturing a collaborative scientific approach to the quest for life elsewhere in the universe. Additionally, it's deeply invested in public education and outreach, aiming to enhance the public's understanding of the universe and emphasize the significance of the pursuit of extraterrestrial life.