My name is Mark Mitera. I'm 36 years old and have returned to school at Iowa State Universtiy. I'm currently studying meteorology with a minor in physics. I enjoy playing hacky sack and frisbee golf, as well as producing music. I have always dreamed of traveling in outer space. With any luck I may yet be able to work for NASA. I have always been interested in knowing if there is anybody else 'out there'. Recent accomplishments: 1 of 100 members of the Planetary Society to have name engraved on Mars lander.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have been a huge fan of the SETI project for many years, but have only recently been able to help with the SETI@home project. I even sleep while listening to the SETI Pharoahs and Phoenix CDs...they are awesome!! I'm positive that other intelligent life must exist in the universe. Whether or not they will consider us intelligent is a bigger question. We have many problems to sort out amongst ourselves on our own little planet before we start corrupting the rest of the universe. ;) I'm sure with all the radio and television transmissions that have been flooding the airwaves for the past 50 years, we have plenty information for other beings to decifer and translate. Hopefully, they will see that there is hope for mankind and that we aren't doomed to destroy ourselves. I run SETI@home because I would love to 'be in the know' when we do make contact. Although, I'm not certain that our first contact with an alien species is going to be through radio communication. If you look at all the different ways life on our planet communicates, finding a specific group of aliens that uses radios also is pretty slim. They may be trying to communicate with us telepathically but our brains aren't advanced enough to understand them yet...who knows? Also, if we do 'hear' a signal, that signal is going to be thousands of years old. The civilization that originally sent the signal may already be extinct or advanced beyond radio communication. I think we should keep trying everything we can to locate other forms of life in the universe nonetheless. We are still a barbaric race that has much to learn yet.
I run SETI@home on a Dell system. I use a 2.8GHz processor with 2GB DDR RAM and 250GB HD. I connect to SETI@home via a T3 connection.