For that kind of money one could build Jodie Foster and everyone here a radio telescope. ATA is nice but I would think it's better to have an array scattered over the continent, making the field of view 1000x that of ATA. Their goal is 350 dishes and it looks like they only have 42 that operate, now just imagine if thousands of people where connected with their own radio telescope, it would put SETI to shame.
Anyway Contact was a great movie, I'm going to re-watch that one soon...though I would compare Elenin with The Arrival I might have to build me a radio telescope too, already have enough junk, throw in some porn stars and I'm good to go. I think it be cool to make your own radio image..... you never know.... I liked to be the first to produce this:
edit on 17-8-2011 by imitator because: (no reason given)