Profile: Mattia Vaccari

Personal background
I'm a Researcher within the Astrophysics Group of Imperial College, London, where I work on a few projects aimed at developing and exploiting telescopes mounted onboard satellites to study the formation and evolution of galaxies. Since I believe any further detail about my work is far beyond the interest of the "layman", I think I'll stop here, but should you want to know more you're welcome to visit my web page at http://astro.imperial.ac.uk/~vaccari. Work aside, while eternally waiting for the love of my life most of my spare time is spent visiting friends who generally happen to live in fancy places, reading books, listening to music, going to the cinema, eating out and boozing around.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I can't say I'm particularly optimistic (or pessimistic, for that matter: on this issue I'd rather define myself an agnostic) about the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Sure, I've eagerly watched "Star Trek" and "The X Files" and all that stuff, but I doubt you'll ever find me at one of those UFO witnesses' gatherings. Even so, I have the uttermost respect for the ambitious goals of the seti@home project. Furthermore, I believe SETI's a far more reasonable thing to do than what most people use their PCs for, so why shouldn't one give it a try???
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