Famous radio astronomer Frank Drake dead at 92: Pioneer of modern-day search for extraterrestrials is called a ‘titan in life’ by his daughter who said he died peacefully at home 

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  • Radio astronomer Frank Drake died on Friday at the age of 92
  • His daughter, Nadia Drake, shared the news on her website, calling her father a ‘Live in Titan’.
  • Drake is best known for his work in the search for extraterrestrial life, as well as the Drake equation which calculates the probability of finding life in space.
  • Drake is survived by his wife, Amhal Shakhshiri Drake, 40, and five children.

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Frank Drake, a radio astronomer best known for his pioneering efforts in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), passed away on Friday at the age of 92 at his home in Aptos, California.

His daughter, Nadia Drake, shared the grim news on her website, writing that her father was ‘beloved of many, and for many reasons, but above all, today I celebrate his humanity, his tenderness, his tender spirit. A titan in life, dad leaves a titanic absence.’

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The astronomer is widely known for the ‘Drake Equation’, which he formulated in 1961 to estimate the number of detectable communicable extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy, which is the most important factor for star formation. The average rate is done by looking at increasingly unlikely factors. For the fraction of planets known to develop intelligent life.

Drake also made a name for himself in 1974 when he created the first interstellar message intentionally transmitted from Earth into space, known as the ‘Arecibo message’, via radio waves from the now-decommissioned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. which was demolished in 2020.

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Drake is survived by his wife, Amahl Shakhshiri Drake, 40, and their five children.

Frank Drake died on Friday at the age of 92. His daughter Nadia (right) shared the heartbreaking news with the world. Frank pioneers modern search for extraterrestrial life

‘My husband Frank was a great man—I could really write pages about him, but that’s probably a job for later. His professional greatness was well documented and publicly known,’ Amahl shared on Nadia’s website.

‘Being married to him, I began to notice his greatness on a much smaller scale – how he treats his family, his gentleness, his kindness, his rationalism, his tenderness, and above all, his life. The childish love and how he projects the enthusiasm to everyone around him.’

Drake was born on May 28, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, and was the eldest of two.

At the age of eight, he began to believe that human civilization came about by chance and that there must be life elsewhere in the universe, according to famous scientist.org,

Drake was born on May 28, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois and was the eldest of two

Drake was born on May 28, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois and was the eldest of two

Drake secured his first job in April 1958 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, and two years later he launched 'Project Ozma', the first attempt to use radio broadcasts to hunt aliens - Although no one is found here he is in 1962

Drake secured his first job in April 1958 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, and two years later he launched ‘Project Ozma’, the first attempt to use radio broadcasts to hunt aliens – Although no one is found here he is in 1962

From there he visited science museums to learn as much as he could, complete chemistry experiments and build the radio.

He received a Navy scholarship at the age of 17 that allowed him to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he majored in engineering physics.

However, Drake took an astronomy class as a sophomore and when he looked at Jupiter through a 15-inch telescope, he was amazed by the wonders of the beautiful moment – many close to him say it was a life-changing The moment was

After graduating with Honors in Engineering Physics, Drake decided to become an astronomer.

However, he had to first finish time in the Navy as part of the terms for his scholarship, where he was tasked with managing electronics on board Albany, the flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

Drake also made a name for himself in 1974 when he created the first interstellar message intentionally transmitted from Earth to space, using the Arecibo observatory that collapsed in 2020.  He was pictured on the front of the device before it crashed.

Drake also made a name for himself in 1974 when he created the first interstellar message intentionally transmitted from Earth to space, using the Arecibo observatory that collapsed in 2020. He was pictured on the front of the device before it crashed.

After his military career ended, Drake attended Harvard University and fell in love with radio astronomy, as he thought it was the technology that would first detect or contact an alien civilization.

After graduate school, Drake landed his first job at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, in April 1958, and two years later he launched ‘Project Ozma’, which used radio broadcasts to hunt aliens. It was the first attempt to do so – however none were found.

While there, Drake also discovered that Green Bank’s receiver could detect an equivalent radio telescope 12 light years from Earth, which could pick up signals from 30 star systems, including some with stars similar to our Sun. are also included.

Drake worked throughout his career to refine methods for detecting signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. He had always hoped to find signs of life in his lifetime.

Drake continued to pursue his interest in detecting extraterrestrial life and investigating radio telescope designs that optimized the chances of success for SETI.

How the Drake Equation is Used to Hunt Aliens

The Drake equation is a seven-variable method of finding the likelihood of active civilizations existing beyond Earth.

It takes into account factors such as the rate of star formation, the amount of stars that make up planetary systems, the number of potentially habitable planets in those systems.

The equation includes recent data from NASA’s Kepler satellite on the number of exoplanets that may harbor life.

Researchers have adapted the equation to be about the number of civilizations that now exist, about the likelihood of a civilization being the only one to exist.

The researchers found that for humans to be the only intelligent life in the universe, the chances of an advanced civilization developing would have to be less than one in 10 billion trillion.

Unless the chances of advanced life developing on a habitable planet are surprisingly low, the human race is not…

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