UM looks for ET

Jul 23, 2013

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NASA recently awarded a 1.125 million dollar grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets.

UM will join with three other universities around the country to take part in "Project Minerva", which will use an array of four telescopes to research so-called "exoplanets". UM Associate Professor of Astrophysics, Nate McCrady, will lead the effort in Missoula. In this feature interview, McCrady talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the study of exoplanets - planets that orbit stars other than the sun.

"Anybody can walk out and look up at the night sky...and think 'is there anyone looking back'?"