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Galileo and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 26 ago 2021, 8:45 por Plataforma Sites Dgac
Since the dawn of the Human Race, we have wondered if we are the only intelligent beings in the Universe and if there will be other creatures endowed with intelligence in the vast reaches of the cosmos.
And artist's depiction of Oumuamua, the first interstellar object detected by astronomers.

Avi Loeb, the Harvard University astronomer who postulates that Oumuamua could be an extraterrestrial technological object and The Galileo Project's lead.
In the absence of a clear and irrefutable answer, literature, movies and television have been responsible for filling this gap with science fiction stories, while some suggest that these intelligences could be behind some of the manifestations of anomalous aerial phenomena over the skies around the world.

However, at the end of July, 2021, the world learned of the existence of The Galileo Project, in which scientists from Harvard University, one of the most prestigious in the world, will search for intelligence signals outside the Earth.
The germ of this project emerged in 2017, when on October 19 of that year astronomers discovered and observed the first interstellar object on record, baptized as Oumuamua and which sparked controversy, because while some claim that it was a natural object, such as a satellite, others speculate that it could have been a technological object created by some extraterrestrial intelligence, because it had anomalous properties that defied natural explanations.

From that event, the astronomer and Harvard professor Avi Loeb postulated that Oumuamua could be an object manufactured by extraterrestrials and even published a book entitled “Extraterrestrial”, in which he defends his thesis.

Although at the time Loeb caused surprise by his sayings and by his high academic position, on July 26, 2021, "The Galileo Project” was revealed to the world, whose objective is to carry out the search for extraterrestrial technological signatures of Extraterrestrial Technological Civilizations (ETCs) from anecdotal or accidental observations and legends to transparent, validated and systematic conventional scientific research.

“This project is complementary to the traditional SETI because it seeks physical objects and not electromagnetic signals associated with technological extraterrestrial equipment,” says the official website for The Galileo Project.
According to official information, the project was also made public after the disclosure of a Pentagon report requested by the US Congress in which it admits the reality of several sightings and records of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) by military personnel.
The Galileo Project will have three main areas of research: obtain high-resolution and multi-detector images of UAP, and discovering their nature; the search and in-depth research on Oumuamua-like interstellar objects; and the search for possible ETC satellites.

The existence and rationale of the project is based on the fact that the available data on UAP and Oumuamua “are sufficiently anomalous to motivate the collection of additional data on UAP or objects similar to Oumuamua and to test whether said objects could be astro-archaeological artifacts or active technological equipment produced by one or more existing or extinct extraterrestrial technological civilizations,” according to The Galileo Project website.

The Galileo Project research team is headed by Avi Loeb and made up of a total of 18 scientists.