Cyprus to contribute to the search for life in the universe
The Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) will soon be in a position to contribute to world efforts for the detection of extraterrestrial intelligent life.
President of the CSEO, George Danos, told CNA that the CSEO and the SETI Institute in the US, (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), have a collaboration and that soon the Organisation will start to contribute to their research from Cyprus.
“The CSEO will contribute to SETI`s efforts for the detection of "intelligent signals", in other words signals that indicate that they are artificial and originate from an intelligent civilisation”, he said.
He pointed out that the effort to detect such electromagnetic signals began in 1896 by Nikola Tesla and was intensified in 1980 with the establishment of the Planetary Society by Carl Sagan.
“As a member of the Planetary Society since 1988 I contributed to this research for many years. Now, CSEO, and Cyprus can contribute too”, he stressed.
Danos was asked by CNA to comment on NASA`s recent announcement of the discovery of the exoplanet Kepler 452B which was named `Earth`s cousin`.
The formula of Kepler 452B seems to be the right one for life, Danos said, noting that scientists will start to detect more and more Earth-like planets as the detection technologies have been refined.
“It is my guess that it`s a matter of a few years before we detect an intelligent signal”, he stressed, saying that it is no coincidence that SETI gave a statement during the announcement of the exoplanet.
Danos told CNA that “the CSEO has a collaboration with SETI and soon we will start to contribute to their research from Cyprus”.
He also welcomed the project by physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner in collaboration with SETI for the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, an endeavor they`re calling Breakthrough Listen.
"We live in an era of discoveries which change the way we perceive our existence and the universe around us", Danos concluded.