One of the most insightful points Jason makes is that there is no a priori reason to suppose that technosignatures (from intelligent life elsewhere in the universe) should be any less detectable than biosignatures (from any kind of life elsewhere in the universe).
But at a closest distance to Earth of some 960 kilometers it was a golden opportunity to do a baseline astrobiology experiment.
As the spacecraft sped by the planet it switched on its instruments - telescopes, spectrometers, radiometers - and surveyed this strange blue dot for signs of life.
But there has also always been a cadre of excellent, committed, and entirely reasonable scientists going to bat for the mission.
Scharf is a regular keynote speaker at academic meetings, such asfor the American Physical Society, museums, and both public and privatevenues, including the American Museum of Natural History, the RubinMuseum of Art in New York.