Jill Tarter and Sputnik: A Clip

Last week I dropped a teaser about Sputnik’s impact on Jill Tarter, Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute. (What’s the Filmmaker Reading?) In the clip below, Tarter reveals when she discovered her passion for science, the effect Sputnik had on her education, and more.


Sputnik caused a seismic shift in educational priorities in this country. But I think many smaller events occur that cause subtler shifts, societal and personal. The effects of these events may be recognized only in retrospect, some may not be recognized at all.

Do you have a similar story?