‘Galileo Project’ will search for evidence of extraterrestrial life from the technology it leaves behind

Astronomers have announced a new venture designed to advance humankind’s search for artifacts from extraterrestrial technological civilizations (ETCs) — The Galileo Project. The project aims to address the question “are we the smartest kids on our cosmic block?” Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb, a co-founder of the initiative, said in a news conference about the big announcement today (July 26).

Loeb co-founded the ambitious project together with Frank Laukien, the chairman, president and CEO of Bruker Corp., a Massachusetts-based company that develops and manufactures science equipment.