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Would a signal from an alien civilization be seen as a good omen? Many theorists and writers have considered how humanity would react to a signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence. Professor Jason Wright, director of the Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center, joins Planetary Radio: Space Policy Edition to discuss a particular angle on this question: how the world’s governments might respond to finding ET. Pictured: An illustrated view of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array in New Mexico. Image credit: NRAO.

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NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts symposium is where sci-fi becomes reality. The NIAC grant program allows researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to develop visionary ideas that could transform space science and exploration. This week’s Planetary Radio features interviews with presenters at NIAC’s annual conference, showcasing projects that push the boundaries of what might be considered possible.

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Zed Factor Fellowship applications are now open for the class of 2023. This program empowers aspiring aerospace professionals from historically-excluded backgrounds through practical hands-on experience, leadership training, and community. The Planetary Society has worked with two Zed Factor Fellows in paid summer internships, which are just one facet of the valuable experience that Fellows receive through this program. Applications are due Jan. 2nd, 2023.

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JWST has the potential to illuminate the outer Solar System. As the space telescope continues its mission of exploring the Universe with greater depth and sensitivity than any telescope, it will be able to see Kuiper belt objects — those beyond the orbit of Neptune — in an entirely new light. Learn more about the mysteries this powerful new tool may be able to solve.

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