The Seti Institute » Contact by Carl Sagon

Carl Sagan, the well known astronomer and populariser of science wrote a science fiction book based on SETI. It was made into a film of the same name 'CONTACT'. In it Jody Foster plays the heroine who makes contact with alien life on a planet round the star VEGA. It is probably the best and most inspiring science fiction film ever made.

Jill Tarter enthusiastic director of SETI Research. She is a tireless investigator and is said to be the role model for Eleanor Arroway in Contact. She gave two excellent talks at Asrofest in London in 2010.

Jodie Foster as the scientist Eleanor Arroway in the film Contact. She played her part well. Some of the shots of the starfields in the film were some of the most uplifting ever seen in the cinema.

Ray Goodwin

Somewhere there are mountains
Glistening in the snow
Somewhere there are mountains
That we shall never know

Somewhere there are rivers
Flowing fast and free
Somewhere there are rivers
That we can never see

Somewhere there are oceans
And sun drenched island sands
Forests full of creatures
In vastly distant lands

Somewhere there’s a planet
Beneath an alien star
The people watch our tiny sun
And wonder where we are

One day perhaps we’ll find them
Across the void of space
Perhaps through ways as yet unknown
We’ll meet them face to face

The author of this web site Ray Goodwin holds B.Sc. Degrees from London University in Chemistry, Geology and Physiology and an M.Sc. in Biochemistry. He has spent most of his professional life teaching in Colleges of Technology. On his retirement he has entered the fields of astronomy, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. He has spent a great deal of his retirement in visiting amateur astronomy societies and in attending European Space Agency Symposia in ESTEC in the Netherlands and other scientific conferences in England and Sweden. He regularly attends the yearly European Astrofest in South Kensington London and other meetings in the UK. He has written scientific articles and given a number of lectures on diverse scientific subjects.

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