It is the end of an era. The U.S. government is retiring its space shuttle program and now due to a lack of funds, SETI, the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is being forced to mothball their Allen Telescope Array, a group of 42 radio dishes in northern California. This is a great loss as SETI remains arguably the most likely means of us making contact with intelligent life elsewhere in the universe
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Perhaps no one is better at conveying the importance of this endeavor better than Carl Sagan, the author who gave us the SETI-centered novel Contact:
- E.T. call waiting (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- SETI Pulls the Plug on the 42-Telescope Allen Array – What’s Next? (bigthink.com)
- SETI Undergoes Drastic Reduction. We’re Looking But No Longer Listening (tor.com)