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"If you haven't already heard the news, the SETI* Institute's Allen Telescope Array is back on track! Private donors raised $200,000 in 45 days, and the array is expected to resume looking for extraterrestrials (and doing other cool science) by mid-September."
Well, my pessimism was misguided, as over 2500 people to date, including luminaries like Jodie Foster, chipped in to help the array get back on its feet... or altaz mount, to be specific. When making her donation to the SETIStars campaign, Foster said:
I’m a SETIStar because, just like Ellie Arroway, the ATA is ‘good to go’ and we need to return it to the task of searching newly discovered planetary worlds for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. In Carl Sagan’s book/movie Contact a radio signal from a distant star system ends humanity’s cosmic isolation and changes our world. The Allen Telescope Array could turn science fiction into science fact, but only if it is actively searching the skies. I support the effort to bring the array out of hibernation.
Originally posted by Zcustosmorum
all that funding for another 50 years of silence.