Jodie Foster helps keep search for aliens alive

Aug 17, 2011
"Contact" star Jodie Foster, pictured in May 2011, was among donors helping to revive the 42 radio telescope dishes at a key California institute searching for extraterrestrial life, the group said Tuesday.

"Contact" star Jodie Foster was among donors helping to revive the 42 radio telescope dishes at a key California institute searching for extraterrestrial life, the group said Tuesday.

The (SETI) Institute in California, which got a direct hit from federal and California budget cuts, had to halt operations in April for its telescopes pointed toward outer space.

But after a public campaign launched on its website, SETI said it had received $223,000 -- exceeding its $200,000 goal -- from 2,557 donors, Foster among them.

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," she said.

Recalling her role as an astronaut trying to get in contact with extraterrestrials in 1997's "Contact," Foster said the telescopes "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."

The amount of her donation was not revealed.

mission astronaut Bill Anders, who also funded the SETI campaign, said "it is absolutely irresponsible of the human race not to be searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Founded in 1984, SETI was due to relaunch its operations next month. But in order to ensure long-term research, it will have to find new sources of financing.

The group is putting its hopes behind getting a contract to track orbiting space debris that could damage satellites and the .

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antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (3) Aug 17, 2011
Bill Anders, who also funded the SETI campaign, said "it is absolutely irresponsible of the human race not to be searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.

He is right.

But doing it via looking for radio transmissions is extremely stupid.
kevinrtrs
1 / 5 (10) Aug 17, 2011
Strange that we should search the vast open empty space for extraterrestrial intelligence when one has only to look in the mirror and have a full blown, highly vivid, solid piece of evidence. The human cellular contents and processes far exceed the criteria used [by SETI] to judge whether there is intelligent life out in space. But of course human beings do not want to humble themselves and acknowledge the creator, so they have to carry on stumbling in the dark.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (6) Aug 17, 2011
kevinrtrs: And what part of 'extraterrestrial' in the 'search for extraterrestrial life' don't you understand?
Woodtears
not rated yet Aug 17, 2011
Seems there is sure no intelligence life like we in the vecinity. To grasp intelligent signal they must probably come from very, very far away indeed. Extremely advanced civilizations....I don't thing we can track their signals, merely 'cause we do not have the technology suck advandec civilizations might use to comunicate. Maybe they use gravitons or some exotic knowledge.
StandingBear
not rated yet Aug 18, 2011
I'd say: "More power to Jodie!" on this. We need to be doing something, as opposed to 'nothing'. Our signals have been going out there for over a hundred years. And I really do think that something is 'out there'. As Steven Hawking says: "Space is big...reallly big!". We do not know as much as some seem to think we do about space. Given that our government mandates that a lot of our city lights now have to have the same color temperature as a campfire, I would ask...WHY! Why are we being asked to appear as pre-industrial unless that government actually KNOWS something it is not telling us. And why are we building a super secret observatory in Mexico on a high mountian with a fixed aim in deep space not in a common 'scenic' location in the sky. And why are we digitizing our television signals, the most powerful analog signals on earth, to make them appear as gibberish without special equipment. Sounds like the world governments not only KNOW, but are AFRAID!

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