Profile: Spence McIntyre

Personal background
I live in Arbutus, Marylandand i am 17 years old.
My occupation is a volunteer firefighter.
my hobbies include astronomy. when ever i get the chance i get out my home built dobsonian and point it to the stars.
When I graduate high school i plan to have the Air Force pay my college, then iwill get my officers commission and continue my schooling. my goal is to become an engineer and be a mission specialist with nasa and fly in the space shuttle. For this i need 6-8 years of college in a field of hightech engineering.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
yes i do believe there is Extraterrestrial life out there. i believe with the technology that we humans have at the present time that it really is just a matter of time until we detect at least something alien to this planet. one of the benefits could be that the civilization that we discover could have the technology for deep space travel. One of the dangers could be that the radio signal we sent to them could be taken as a threat and that could cause problems. all means yes if we keep up the search effort like we are by sending things eventually something will find or detect it. we should send info like who we are, what we are, where in the universe we are, and make sure some where it say reply wanted soon!

3. I run seti@home because i believe it is a great program it which people can get involved in. I find it cool knowing that with this program in a way you are part of seti by helping decipher the radio waves picked up by the arecibo radio telescope and that with thousands of computers running the same program they really make up one supercomputer like none else in the world. my only suggestion is that seti@home should have a menu that explains what you are looking at on the screen when you bring up should explain things like gaussians, triplets and pulses
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