The Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) will soon be in a position to contribute to world efforts for the detection of extraterrestrial intelligent life, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.
President of the CSEO, George Danos, told CNA that the CSEO and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence institute (SETI) in the US, were collaborating and soon the organisation would 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 civilization,” he said.
He said the effort to detect such electromagnetic signals began in 1896 by Nikola Tesla and were intensified in 1980 with the establishment of the Planetary Society by renowned scientist 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,” Danos said.
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 to sustain life, Danos said, noting that scientists would start to detect more and more Earth-like planets as technologies were refined.
“It is my guess that it`s a matter of a few years before we detect an intelligent signal,” he said.
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 endeavour 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 said. (CNA)