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Rotary Presentation, Auburn, California
August 25, 2011
Rotary Lunch - Auburn, CA - At the Ridge Golf Course Restaurant
Thanks, Auburn Rotary, for hosting me and letting me spread the word about SETI.
This talk was scheduled to be under 30 minutes - including questions - due to the fact that a lot of the people had to return to work. So I edited down my talk to cover just the basics to try to give a rounded view of the SETI mission. The audience was very interested and there were some good questions at the end.
I included several videos of the Kepler Mission, from kepler.nasa.gov, to make the point that there is renewed interest in SETI because of all the new planets just recently discovered by Kepler. Most people are not very familiar with Kepler, so I found a great video called Kepler Beauty Shot:
See Video Here...
Another very interesting short video shows where Kepler is looking and makes the point that there is an obscene amount of stars out there - there has to be something going on that we don't know about, yet.
See Video Here...
Part of the talk was about the ATA Hibernation and how we dug ourselves out. I of course mentioned SETIstars.org and how we raised over $200K so far! But I also explained about our ability to track satellites, and I showed this amazing video that really makes a good case:
Do we really want to have more crashes like this? How will we track the debris so it will not destroy other satellites and cause more havoc? ATA TO THE RESCUE!
As part of their weekly luncheons the Auburn Rotary passes out a newsletter. My talk was spotlighted in the newsletter, and it contained some interesting information. See if you can spot the mistake:
Let me explain the mistake:
It was an honest mistake, I am sure!
See more of my talks at JRSETI TALKS
--Jrseti 10:10, 26 August 2011 (PDT)
NOTE: The above picture of the character from the movie Contact was taken from Wikipedia - see the fair use rationale