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Charles Blue is the public information officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He has more than 20 years of experience communicating the wonders and discoveries of science, engineering, and technology. Charles has worked as the director of media services at the American Institute of Physics. He also served as the Writer/Editor for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering and the media relations specialist for the Thirty Meter Telescope Project.

He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and past-president of the DC Science Writers Association. Charles also is an avid martial artist, sea chantey singer, and fitness instructor.

In the spring of 1960, a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake began a simple but audacious experiment. He wondered if two star systems might just hold signs that another civilization was thriving there. Alas, no such signs were found. But, it began a compelling quest that continues to this day. Modern technology, however, is bringing new technology and computing power to bear on SETI experiments. How has this changed the game? Is a signal from ET finally in reach?