Astronomer Frank Drake, who spent ‘life’ in search of life on other planets, passed away, know about him

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Noted radio astronomer Frank Drake died on September 2 at the age of 92 at his home in California, USA. Frank Drake is known for pioneering efforts to search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Frank Drake did a lot of work in the 1960s in search of life on other planets outside the Earth. His daughter Nadia Drake confirmed her father’s death. Following the death of Frank Drake, professor and dean of science at the University of California, Dan Wertheimer, a longtime SETI researcher at the university, said Frank inspired him and millions of Earthlings to think, ‘Is there someone out there?’ He said that if we ever find extraterrestrials outside Earth, we have Frank to thank.

According to reports, Frank Drake is also known for his ‘Drake Equation’, which he devised in 1961 to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy. Drake was then chief of telescope operations at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia. Where in 1960 he made the first organized search for radio signals from extraterrestrial sources. It is also known as Project Ozma.

Throughout his career, Drake worked to refine methods for detecting signals of extraterrestrial intelligence. He also participated in the discovery of Jupiter’s radiation belts and played an important role in the observation of many studies.

Drake also created the first interstellar message intentionally sent from Earth into space. This became known as the “Arecibo message”. This message was transmitted through radio waves from the Arecibo Observatory in the year 1974.

Born in Chicago in 1930, Drake earned a BA in engineering physics from Cornell University. did. After this he did M.A. in Astronomy from Harvard University. and Ph.D. Took degree. He also served as an electronics officer in the US Navy from 1952 to 1955. He also served as chief of the Lunar and Planetary Science Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was also associate director of the Cornell Center for Radiophysics and Space Research and director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico from 1966 to 1968. He also served in many other important institutions.

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