Profile: Andrew Hoover

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About Me
My name is Andy and I am from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I'm a geek! I love learning about and working with all kinds of technologies. Although time is limited for hobbies, when I have the time I like to tinker and experiment with IoT, Smart Home technologies, robotics, electronics and of course astronomy. I am also a family man and love spending time with them and my friends! Nothing better than letting the kids run around while chatting on the back porch!

My love of space extends back beyond my practical memory. I think I was born looking at the stars! By age eight, I had read every children's science book in the public library; and by ten I had managed to read all of the adult material about space and space exploration. Today, I still look up and dream - following the exploits of various probes and landers as they explore Mars, the moon and other solar neighbors.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Are we Alone?
Like so many of us, I wish I knew this answer. If I had to guess, then no. It would stand to reason that with all of the stars out there and the likelihood that most of those stars have companions, it seems a bit arrogant to assume we are the only living, (and arguably) thinking critters in the universe. I think Carl Sagan said it best: “The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”

I believe that projects like SETI@Home are truly necessary for our own growth, both scientifically and culturally. Projects like this expand what people cosider possible and can bring us as the human race a little closer
together. As long as SETI@Home continues the search, so will I.
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