Dr. Jon Jenkins

December 21, 2006

SETI Institute Principal Investigator


“The discovery of the New World was accomplished in what—a few decades?” asks engineer Jon Jenkins, a co-investigator on the Kepler mission to detect terrestrial-sized planets around other stars. “Well, the discovery of entirely new worlds around other stars will also take place in that length of time. And it will happen only once. How many Earth-sized planets are there? This project will finally answer that incredibly interesting question.” Jenkins is responsible for processing information from the Kepler mission, from the data collection at the observatory to the subsequent data analysis and signal detection algorithms. “From the mission results,” he says, “we will understand the prevalence of planets like the Earth in orbits permitting liquid water to exist on the surface.”

 

- SETI Institute Explorer, Special Edition 2005


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