Soon astronomers will be looking for traces of intelligent life with a new radio wave observatory. And NASA could also go back to alien search.
Heidelberg Since 1993, the US Space Agency Nasa no longer spend money on the search for extraterrestrial civilizations. But for some time, the search for intelligent life in space is experiencing a boom.
For years, billionaire Yuri Milner’s $ 100 million breakthrough list initiative has driven the search for extraterrestrial messages. And now, for the first time in 25 years, there could be money from the state as well: The US Congress is currently discussing awarding NASA $ 20 million for the search for aliens.
The initiative comes from Lamar S. Smith, chairman of the House Scientific Committee. He says he is a big fan of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project. A first bill of the Republican failed first in the House of Representatives, but a modified version was approved. Now only the Senate must approve the plan, reports the Planetary Society on its website.
Meanwhile, the Breakthrough List Initiative wants to do the search for so-called technology signatures on a larger scale than before. So far, with the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia and the Australian Parkes Observatory, some 1,000 star systems have been tapped for whether they emit radio messages or other clearly-identifiable signals, representatives of the initiative reported at a workshop in Houston, Texas.