Check out the latest NASA/JPL “What’s Up” video, featuring starlight blocked by a passing asteroid, planets marching across the sky and a lunar eclipse preview.
Understanding The Drake Equation: An Interview with Frank Drake Conducted by Andrew Fraknoi (June 24, 2012)
With SETI celebrating their 30th anniversary, an interview with Frank Drake from 2012 has been released. For those not familiar with Drake, he was the first president of SETI, and creator of the “Drake Equation” which adresses the probability of life (simple or advanced) in star systems other than our own.
The interview was conducted by Dr. Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College / Astronomical Society of the Pacific), and covers Drake’s career, his current thoughts on the search for life elsewhere, and his recent thoughts on his now-famous equation. Additionally, Drake reflects on the explosion of exoplanet detections as of late (no confirmed exoplanets had been detected when Drake originally derived his equations).
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In this month’s “What’s Up” from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explore all eight planets in the sky, plus mission updates from comet and asteroid missions Dawn and Rosetta.