Thanks . . . and Best Wishes for the Holidays!

December 11, 2008
by Tom Pierson, CEO, SETI Institute

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the leaves have turned from beautiful crimson and shades of golden yellow to winter brown, and the crisp air alerts us to the coming holidays. The entire SETI Institute team would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our long-time loyal readers and to those of you who occasionally drop in at to learn about our latest research.

Our SETI Institute team works on topics that encompass the best of human spirit and inventiveness by exploring the origins of life and the possibility that life exists beyond this “pale blue dot,” as our late friend and SETI Institute trustee Carl Sagan once called it.

We also wish to express a heartfelt thanks to our supporters. Through your gifts to the SETI Institute, you expect that your support will be used to create a better understanding of where human civilization fits in this vast universe. We are humbled by your trust in us, and you have our pledge that your funds are always used wisely to explore these great mysteries.

In addition to the exciting scientific work of people like Jill Tarter, Frank Drake, Mark Showalter and many others you know well from, our publications and our website, the SETI Institute proudly invests in both formal and informal science education. Perhaps you have had the chance to see senior astronomer Seth Shostak at a public lecture in your area or have heard Seth and one of his fantastic guests on our weekly radio show Are We Alone?. Or teachers in your local school district use our creative and interactive science curriculum Voyages Through Time . All of this work is greatly enhanced by our supporters.

With your help, we’ve made substantial progress in our mission to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.” Working together, we may someday conclusively answer the age-old question, “Are We Alone?” Along the way, we may even discover something of great significance that is currently completely unforeseen.

This has been a hard year economically for so many people, and likewise for the non-profit organizations that are supported by their generous donations. The SETI Institute is no exception. In these times of economic slowdown, it is even more important to encourage exploration and provide high quality, exciting science education.

We are truly grateful for all gifts and memberships we have received this year. If you want to feel connected and experience a sense of pride in supporting our mission, please help us pursue our vision with a year-end gift. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. You may donate online at Your generosity will make a significant difference in our ability to continue our important work in the coming year.

From all of us at the SETI Institute, best wishes for a very happy holiday season!

The SETI Institute is dedicated to the deep scientific understanding of life in all its forms
on Earth, and to exploration of the cosmos for evidence of life, especially intelligent life.

--- If life’s out there, we’ll find it! ---