Contact: The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence
We ask the age-old question: Are we alone in the Universe? Who is out there? Scientists around the world are trying to receive extraterrestrial signals. What do they hope for? What have they found? Where is the evolution of human beings headed?
Contact: The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence is an effort to search Space for signals emanating from any technologically advanced alien species. Features Oscar-nominated physicist and author, Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
"An excellent introduction to the most awesome quest upon which science has ever embarked-the search for intelligence elsewhere in the Universe. The interviews with the astronomers and engineers should convince any thoughtful person that the modest sums needed for the enterprise may be the best investment mankind will ever make."
-Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Author, "2001: A Space Odyssey"
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Broadcast on TV (including select PBS stations in the United States and CTV in Canada) and in 75 countries
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"It's not a person-to-person call, it's not a station-to-station call, it's a species-to-species call!"
-Dr. Philip Morrison, Physicist, MIT
"The background music is very good. The final portion of the program, where you have intermixed many SETI people talking is the best I have ever heard. An excellent job!"
-Dr. Robert Dixon, Ohio State University, Big Ear Radio Observatory
Join us on "Contact" as we search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
"Contact: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence", a 48-minute documentary, about scientific efforts to find a signal, beamed our way, from a distant and advanced civilization.
It is produced for TV, Educational and Home audiences.
"Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" is the first Space Viz Production to be produced and broadcast.
It features *Oscar® nominated author of "2001: A Space Odyssey", Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Philip Morrison (Physicist, MIT)
Stuart Kingsley (OSETI)
Jill Tarter (SETI)
Seth Shostak (SETI)
Gerritt Verschuur (Astronomer)
Mike Davis (Arecibo)
Clive Goodall (Astronomer)
Bob Dixon (Ohio State University)
... and many more classic SETI researchers.
Original computer animations and visuals were supplied by NASA, JPL and Space Viz Productions.
“The important thing is to find the kind of stars that seem likely and search as many as you can, for as long as you can, until you run out of patience - that’s what you’ve got to do!”
-Dr. Philip Morrison, Physicist, MIT
“They’d probably know a lot about how the Universe works. They’ve been out there and they’ve been talking to other civilizations and there may be this whole galactic club, the ultimate Internet!”
-Dr. Jill Tarter, Project Manager, SETI Institute, California
"If you ask the SETI people, those involved in the search, ‘why are they doing it?’ ... the answer is to get information from the extraterrestrials - what sort of information? - information to help us survive. That’s absurd! It’s like searching for GOD - it’s a technological search for GOD!”
"Contact: The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence" offers an entertaining, thoughtful and well-balanced overview of a fascinating subject that is tinged by controversy seldom acknowledged in standard accounts of the topic. I recommend it highly."
-Dr. Gerrit L. Verschuur, Radio Astronomer, Rhodes College
"Contact: The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence" has been broadcast in 75 countries.
The Original English version has aired in the U.S. on PBS and in Canada on CTV and SCN.
The Mandarin version has aired in China and Taiwan on STAR-TV (Asia).
The Spanish version, Contacto: La búsqueda para la inteligencia extraterrestre, has aired in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Spain.
“Space Viz Productions has produced a comprehensive and balanced account about the electromagnetic Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, involving the pioneers, present-day SETI researchers and their critics. SETI continues the tradition of mankind's quest for knowledge about our place in the grand scheme of things. This video program contains what is believed to be the first reference to the optical approach, an idea originally proposed in 1961, but only recently given the attention it merits. The video will do much to increase the public's understanding of SETI - a subject that over the years has been the target of considerable ridicule by members of the US Congress."
-Dr. Stuart A. Kingsley, Director, The Columbus Optical SETI Observatory
“I believe that the promise of SETI is far greater than its perils. It represents the highest possible form of exploration, and when we cease to explore, we will cease to be human!”
-Sir Arthur C. Clarke, CBE, Author, Chancellor, International Space University
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