Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SETI Shuts Down Its Satellites

Note: This is a summary/reaction to the latest story from The NonProfit Times TV.

It looks like ET is going to have to wait a little bit longer if he wants to call home. 

The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute has announced that it has, for the time being, shut down its Allen Telescope Array in Northern California, temporarily bringing the organization's search for alien life to a halt. SETI CEO Tom Pearson announced the decision in a recent letter to the group’s donors, citing budget concerns as the primary reason for the shut down.  Pearson said that until SETI could find new sources of funding, the satellites would have to be put into "hibernation."

According to Scientific American Magazine, these satellites, known as the Allen Telescope Array, are the only ones that are completely devoted to searching for signals from potential alien civilizations.  So for the time being, it looks like the search for extraterrestrial life will have to be put on hold.

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