Profile: Noland Talley

Personal background
Hi, I am Noland Talley, I am now 57 years old (started using SETI at 47..gee how time flies) and live in Texas (about 6 miles from the Johnson Space Center). I have worked in several areas at NASA (Astronaut EVA training and support for both Space Shuttle, as well as, Space Station). I am proud to still be working in the U. S. Space Program, and in my own small way, contributing to mankind’s endeavors into Space. I have a penchant for all things off planet, and enjoy many things on planet. I always keep my eyes on the stars, especially my favorite, the Pleiades.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I do think extraterrestrial life exists. We probably will only know for certain, in this century, via SETI. I hope within the next few years SETI verifies the existence of extraterrestrial life, and definitely before I return to earth speed (personal delta velocity of 0). I feel the first possible benefit of this discovery would be a planet wide unity and peace. Maybe we will intercept a transmission of one of their databases, decipher it and open up a greater age for ALL mankind. There is a down side, maybe they eat people, and maybe they harvest all of the resources on a planet, namely water. We then could only say “oops”!
2. We have already beamed transmissions into space; the popular example is “I Love Lucy”. Wow, what does that say about us? Seriously, we should beam greetings and salutations. I run SETI@home because it is another reach into the unknown, a quest for knowledge, and a satisfaction in knowing that I can, once again, contribute my energies to building a better future. I feel the SETI@home project is a marvelous example of thinking out of the box.
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