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Budget cuts shut down alien-hunting telescopes

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posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 01:33 PM
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This is a disappointing week for those interested in SETI.



Various news websites have been reporting that the SETI Institute has shut down operations of its search for extraterrestrial life at the Allen Telescope Array. (The Array is shown in the videos below).

As mentioned below, it looks like the project may be revived with the possibility of Air Force funding in an apparently unrelated project that would use the Array.





www.wired.co.uk...



Budget cuts shut down alien-hunting telescopes



A collection of radio telescopes dedicated solely to listening out for extraterrestrial life has been put into "hibernation" because of a lack of funds.

The Allen Telescope Array in northern California has a combined collecting area of one hectare, and was funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. However, just three and a half years after the array began its hunt for extraterrestrial life, the money has dried up.

ATA is a joint project between the Seti Institute -- a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to establishing the possibility of life beyond Earth, or astrobiology -- and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, in Berkeley. Like Seti, ATA is funded by a mixture of private foundations and organisations such as Nasa and the US Geological Survey.

The ATA is located in the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, so it also gets cash from the National Science Foundation and the state of California, but both of these monetary sources have shrunk considerably over recent months. Annual costs for ATA operations are $1.5 million and the Seti campaign at the array are another $1 million.

According to Scientific American, on 22 April ATA's donors recieved a letter from Seti's CEO, Tom Pierson, stating: "Starting this week, the equipment is unavailable for normal observations and is being maintained in a safe state by a significantly reduced staff."



www.mercurynews.com...


Amateur astronomer Sarah Wiehe of Palo Alto said, "just knowing SETI is there was significant for us. This is a setback."

"If we miss a distant signal," she added, "it would be a terrible loss."


It looks like the system may come back into operation, with some military involvement:

news.discovery.com...


There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. Since 2009, writes Marchis, the Air Force has been looking at using the Allen Telescope Array to keep track of orbital debris whizzing around the planet.

Writes Marchis:

The future of the ATA may depend of the US Air Force program. Unfortunately, because of the recent federal finance turmoil, no clear decision has been taken with enough time to keep the observatory running. Since April 15, the observatory is in hibernation. All the equipments have been taken care of to make sure that they do not deteriorate over time.

Hope ET is patient with us.



All the best,

Isaac
edit on 26-4-2011 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)




posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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i guess there's no point in hunting for them anymore if we already know they exist



posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 01:59 PM
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Hate to do this Isaac but....... already posted .
www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 02:01 PM
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Yeah, we already know how many races of beings there are now, that are capable of reaching earth


Thanks for sharing Isaac



posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 02:03 PM
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Originally posted by doyouremember
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i guess there's no point in hunting for them anymore if we already know they exist

Or if they are here already, good point.

edit on 4/26/11 by Ophiuchus 13 because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 02:06 PM
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Originally posted by gortex
Hate to do this Isaac but....... already posted .
www.abovetopsecret.com...


Thanks Gortex. I must have missed that thread about a development that I think is relatively significant and disappointing among all the massive number of duplicate threads in the last few days in this forum about the (obviously faked) Siberian alien video and the threads about the (old) NSA material...




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