Ozma project

Ozma project

(oz -mă) A pioneering project in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The 26-meter radio telescope at Green Bank, West Virginia, was used by Frank Drake in 1960 for about 150 hours in an unsuccessful attempt to detect signals – the 21-cm hydrogen line emission – from other civilizations. The targets were the two nearest and most sunlike stars Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani. See also exobiology; SETI.
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Since its origin with the Ozma Project, directed by astronomer Frank Drake in 1960, the radio searches for intelligently designed signals from space have increased dramatically in terms of equipment and sensitivity.