by Peter Bowes
A major research programme has been launched for ‘citizen scientists’ to search for signs of intelligent life on other planets. Researchers in California are looking for people to help sort through the vast array of radio signals coming from the skies. There’s so much data that professional astronomers don’t have enough computer power – or manpower – to analyse it all.
Scientists have been looking for evidence of life beyond earth for decades. They haven’t found it yet, but researchers at the SETI Institute, which stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, say the skies are so crowded with radio signals, that the clues may be missed. (…)
There could be signs of life (…) that may (help) answer that age-old question: Are we alone? Professional astronomers will be working with the volunteers to help them understand what they’re seeing.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Would you like to join the ‘Citizen scientist’ project? Why?
2. What do you think: why do people look for life on other planets?
3. What do you think: if life on other planets is found, how would it change our life?