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Published on Jul 12, 2013
"Someone described my office as an eight-year-old's daydream," says Jill Tarter, astronomer and the inspiration for the character in Carl Sagan's "Contact." As the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's first employee, Tarter has accumulated E.T.-themed office ornaments for the last thirty years -- including a bottle of wine only to be opened "only upon detection of Extraterrestrial signal."