22 Years Ago in Discover: Listening for ET

Few people make it onto the cover of Discover. Over the years the magazine’s editors have preferred to illustrate covers with science rather than with scientists. One exception was famed astronomer Carl Sagan, who appeared on the March 1983 cover for our special report “Life in Space: The Search Begins.” The magazine dedicated the bulk of the issue—five features, including one by Sagan—to the world’s first large-scale search for extraterrestrial intelligence, a project known as SETI.



Dr. Carl Sagan

Most Visible Member of the Scientific Community of the Planet Earth