Science: Anybody Out There?

Many astronomers argue that only colossal pride prevents men on Earth from concluding that there are other people on other planets. In the Milky Way alone, there are probably billions of planets revolving around stars similar to the sun. A conservative guess is that 100,000 of the planets support some form of life. It is an easy step from there to conclude that they support rational creatures and a civilization.

Lecturing last week at M.I.T., Dr. Otto Struve, director of the new National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, W. Va., announced a project that aims to bring earthlings out of their...

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