Humanity is the real target for these recordings which continue to inspire us to better understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos.
Even if alien life is never discovered, all is not lost.
The volcanoes would be a great place t to search for fossilised microbes.
Astronomers in Puerto Rico have picked up signal from a faint star that's not like anything they've seen before.
Hardy lifeforms such as tardigrades can survive almost anything.
The latest outing of the Alien film franchise pits another human crew against a terrifying enemy. But how does the science stack up?
In the face of recent political events in Britain and America, sci-fi imaginings of the 'citizens of the future' have taken on a new resonance.
Millions of people claim to have had encounters with aliens, but most can be explained by psychology rather than UFOs.
In the world of Harry Potter, beasts are to be protected, not feared. But this concern for monsters is hardly modern.
Mysterious radiation that appears to come from star HD 164595 is more likely to have a terrestrial origin.
It may make sense for intelligent aliens to have two eyes and ears on one head, and to walk upright. But other particulars – including their colour – are more open to speculation.
Some argue that it would be impossible to understand an alien language, as it wouldn't have the same grammar as humans use. But others are more optimistic.
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
A philosopher argues that now is the time to figure it out, before we make the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life.
There are technological ways to hide a planet from intergalactic detection – as well as ways to signal that we're just sitting here, eager for contact.
In the post-9/11, post-Iraq television landscape we’re familiar with government and terrorist conspiracy shows. How will aliens hold up?
The alternate reality visualised in Star Wars is now potentially much closer to home.
There are solar-power sea slugs, so why haven't humans mastered the art of photosynthesis?
For every film, specialists are employed for everything from rigging the lights executing the stunts. The announcement of two major new productions coming to Australia will develop that expertise.
Why the new exoplanet said to resemble out Earth might just as well resemble Venus or Neptune.