Our mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe, and to apply the knowledge gained to inspire and guide present and future generations. We have a passion for discovery, and for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and the government. The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for Education, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, and the Center for Public Outreach. Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on 1 February 1985.