Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SETI Funding Falls Short; Search for ET is on Hold

Arecibo Observatory

SETI shelves search for intelligent life

By Elizabeth Flock
The Washington Post

     The SETI Institute has put its $50 million Allen Telescope Array (ATA) into hibernation, effectively shelving its search for extraterrestrial life.

In an e-mail sent this past Friday to ATA private donors, SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson said there was a shortage of $5 million needed to fund the operation of the giant radio dishes that search the universe for signals from deep space. Starting this week, operations of the Hat Creek Radio Observatory north of San Francisco, where the ATA is located, will be suspended, and the 42 dishes will be put into hibernation.

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