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Who We Are: Alan M. MacRobert

Mr. Alan M. MacRobert is a senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine and maintains the SETI section of its web site. His specialties at the magazine have included astronomical research news coverage and upcoming celestrial events for amateur astronomers. He built a backyard observatory for his 12.5-inch f/6 Newtonian reflector. He says the Fermi Paradox has made him a "pessimist" regarding the chance of finding ETs in our lifetime (commenting, "I think I'd be more surprised if there are 10,000 civilizations in the Milky Way than if there is one civilization per 10,000 galaxies."). Nevertheless he is a SETI enthusiast because "the experiment is just too way cool not to do, and because of the payoff if my own guess is wrong." His strong feelings on the rationale for wide-sky surveys over star-by-star targeted searches are well expressed in this article.

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