Videos: SETI Institute crowd-funding + Panel: “When will we find life beyond earth?”

The SETI Institute has a fund-raising campaign underway this month with the goal of reaching $50k: Donations will go to support the Institute’s research, outreach and education.

One of the events to highlight the campaign was a panel discussion on the question, When Will We Find Life Beyond Earth? 

The SETI Institute panelists included:

  • Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center
  • Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer
  • Mark Showalter, Senior Research Scientist
  • Fergal Mullaly, Senior Research Scientist

From the caption:

Is this the generation that will discover extraterrestrial life? Some scientists have opined that we’ll find other living beings – whether they be microbes on other planets or intelligent beings in another star system – within two decades. An energetic panel of SETI Institute astrobiologists will discuss why both science and technology give support to the idea that we may soon prove that Earth is not the only world where life has arisen. Audience Q&A follows [the] panelists.