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UM looks for ET


NASA recently awarded a 1.125 million dollar grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets. UM will join with three other universities around the country to take part in "Project Minerva", which will use an array of four telescopes to research so-called "exoplanets". UM Associate Professor of Astrophysics, Nate McCrady, will lead the effort in Missoula. In this feature interview, McCrady talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the study of exoplanets - planets that orbit stars other than the sun.

"Anybody can walk out and look up at the night sky...and think 'is there anyone looking back'?"


Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.