From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 17:06:46 +0000 Archived: Sat, 14 May 2011 05:29:49 -0400 Subject: FINDS Exo-Earths 2 Appeal From Planetary Society Attached is an appeal I received from the Planetary Society: ----- Dear Kathy Kasten, Have you ever wondered if we're alone in the universe? If you answered "yes," you know there is so much to learn about the universe we live in. And today I'm writing you about a special opportunity that will help us learn so much more. Two years ago, we gave the premier planet-hunting team on Earth - Debra Fischer (Yale University) and Geoff Marcy (University of California, Berkeley)- a $40,000 grant for FINDS Exo-Earths- Fiber-optic Improved Next-generation Doppler Search for Exo- Earths. The goal was to build an innovative new set of hardware for the telescope at California's Lick Observatory to improve its ability to find smaller extra-solar planets that may support life. The FINDS Exo-Earths hardware improved the Lick system and is now being used to hunt planets. But this system can only take us so far. To detect Earth-sized planets, we must take what we learned with FINDS Exo-Earths and apply those lessons to a larger, better located telescope. We need FINDS Exo-Earths 2! That's where you and I come in. We've been asked to help the team raise funds to assemble this much bigger and better telescope that will run on the more powerful 10-meter Keck Telescope in Hawaii! So today I'm asking you to make the most generous donation possible to help build FINDS Exo-Earths 2 and perform other crucial scientific exploration that will aid in the search for Earth-like exoplanets. We need to raise $30,000 to build the new system that will lead Fischer and Marcy's team to fascinating discoveries of Earth- like planets in deep space. And to thank you for your support of FINDS Exo-Earths 2, Dr. Fischer will add your name to a donor recognition display! Please help move FINDS Exo-Earths technology into its next phase. It's the next step to learning if we're alone out there, and I need your help to take it. Thank you! Sincerely, Bill Nye Executive Director Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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