not THE prize, perhaps, but many more-than-merely-consolation prizes, to keep looking.
Besides, stands to reason, one of the best opportunities to detect traces of another spacefaring civilization would be what we come across on our own spacefaring. Always be prepared to be astonished.
Makes me think you may be alluding to recent statements from NASA regarding their upcoming announcement of exciting data from Curiosity.
Have to admit, I formulated an opinion of your stance on the possibilities of ET existance after watching and episode of (IIRC) Larry King? in which you were presented as somewhat of a bullheaded skeptic. That wasn't exact said but I recall drawing that conclusion myself. No offence intended, at the time I had no prior knowledge of your experience in the subject.
Interestingly, last night I was watching a video in which you appeared immediately after Story Musgrave made a statement regarding the likelihood of ET existance. Of course you will be familiar with it, but for the benefit of others, I am posting the link here. Actually, not the link, (as it is likely copyright material) but the title, which can be searched on Youtube.
You certainly sound more like an open-minded believer, who is simply seeking the elusive Exhibit A.
Since I typically describe myself in the same fashion, the past 24 hours has been an awakening of sorts for me since I have had eye opening experiences both within this thread and the TT thread, where I can see that unbounded enthusiasm for the ETH can lead directly to bias facts analysis and influenced interpretations of pareidolia.
View this video on Youtube at 6:05 and at 36:40.
Riddle of the Skies Episode 1 (Full)