You may have already seen it but in case you haven’t, we are proud to collaborate with Astronogamer Scott Manley on this new monthly video series – Asteroid Day Update – where he talks about asteroids and astronomy with supporters of the 100x Asteroid Day declaration. This month he sat down with the legendary astronomer Jill Tarter, one of the great pioneers of SETI. You might remember the Jodie Foster movie Contact, well Jodie Foster’s character was based on Jill.
The character of Dr. Arroway was modeled after two of the pioneering radio astronomers of the 1930s and 1940s, Grote Reber and John Kraus; both men were ham radio operators at an early age. Another model for the character’s work was real-life SETI researcher Jill Cornell Tarter.
The plan with Asteroid Day Update is to bring you one fresh episode each month. Our partner, the European Space Agency is giving away a special edition #AIMMission t-shirt each month signed by our co-founder and Queen guitarist Dr. Brian May. Just ask an asteroid related question using #AIMMission on Twitter and the best question will be answered by an asteroid expert in next month’s episode. As we are doing this series for you it would be great if you could give us some feedback in the comments below or via social media.
Special Thanks to Scott Manley who did a great job with the first episode and to Jill Tarter for taking the time for the interview and thank you for watching and for being an important part of this wonderful global movement!