$200,000 raised to resume search for alien life
SETI's Allen Telescope Array has been in hibernation since April.
August 10th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

$200,000 raised to resume search for alien life

Earthlings' search for extraterrestrial life will soon be back on!

The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute announced this week it has raised enough money to bring the Allen Telescope Array, a group of 42 large dish antennas that scan the cosmos for radio signals, back online.

"We believe we will be back on the air in September," Tom Pierson, a co-founder of the SETI Institute, told the Los Angeles Times.

The telescope array, which SETI operates in a partnership with the Radio Astronomy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, had not been working since April. A funding shortfall forced to university to put its Hat Creek Observatory, which houses the telescope array, into hibernation, meaning the facility was maintained by minimum staff and could not be used for observations.

SETI, through a program it dubbed SETIstars, sought the public's help in raising money to get the array back on line. The SETIstars website reports Wednesday that more than $206,000 has been raised, 103% of the group's goal. Almost 2,300 individual donations were made, according to the website.

"Thank You for Your Support to Resume the Search," the site says in big red letters.

The group says the $200,000 should be enough to bring the telescope array out of hibernation, and it will then look for other sources of money to continue operations.

Pierson said in a letter to prospective donors in April that SETI is working to get a contract with the U.S. Air Force to track space debris using the array.

In the same letter, he said SETI is seeking a total of $5 million in funding over the next two years to operate the telescope with a search concentrating on 1,235 possible planets, including some in habitable zones around other stars, found by NASA's Kepler mission.

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  1. DahrlinqKinqi

    whats the point? in spending money on researching aliens? when the money could be put to good use. if we were meant to find or know about aliens we wouyld already know about them would we not? and why interferre in something that we dont actually know the first thing about, i reckon as and if they are real they dont interferre us so why bother doing something thats just a waste of time!!

    just saying...

    August 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • DahrlinqKinqi

      *would

      August 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  2. Rexprarce

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    November 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  3. bob with a point

    okay lets see...first of all, i dont think that SETI will find any signal...never have, never will. but even if they do by some longshot, i dont think we even deserve it. Why are we worrying about something way out there when we cant even solve any of the problems on our planet?! Our planet is turning into a wasteland and were not doing much to stop it. were trying, but not much is happenening. Then again, what if we have been in contact with aliens forever and not even know it yet?

    August 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Frank Dux

      Just because there exists problems affecting people's quality of life on earth doesn't mean we should abandon any and all interests not pertaining to said problems. Do you ever do anything for fun? Of course you do. But looking at the bigger picture, wouldn't the money you spend on every fun activity you do be better spent on something like cancer research? Of course it would. So why don't you donate all of your expendable income to cancer research? Because then your life wouldn't be worth living! Yes, people are dying of cancer. But if you can't enjoy your life and have fun with what you do, the activities you participate in, the hobbies you enjoy, and the interests you choose to pursue, then you might as well be dead.

      Also, the money being spent on SETI is like change in between couch cushions compared to how much money this country spends on just about everything else.

      September 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  4. unafy

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT_RBqHR31I&w=640&h=390]

    August 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  5. Sky Q

    If really have alien life,human will be destroyed!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  6. heggna

    By the year 2100, at least 50% of all life on earth will be extinct because of human overpopulation, deforestation, ocean acidification and climate change. Many animals like the tiger, the Javan Rhinoceros and the panda are already ecologically extinct. They have to be kept alive artificially without much sustenance from their natural habitats, because their natural habitats have been destroyed. By the year 2100, the populations of all the various species will have been so depleted that it may as well be assumed that they are extinct, even when a few of them remain. Therefore, it can be assumed that within 100 years, planet earth will have been denuded of all its life.

    And yet here these people are, searching for life on other planets? This is proof enough that even "intelligent" people can be colossally stupid.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • MOCaseA

      I love how you make statements of fact on something that cannot be proven, let alone something that is so implausible. In order for your statement to be true, it would create a world drought of epic proportion, and ALL animal life would have died by that point due to the reduction of oxygen in out atmosphere.

      Check your "facts" before posting them.

      August 12, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  7. Valgiernas

    Waste of money? Think of it this way: if we contact aliens, they will cure our cancers for free, provided we give them all of the world's tastiest Somalis (that would end up starving to death anyway). If we ask nicely, they may cure male pattern baldness in exchange for a cookbook featuring whack-job Iranians, Syrians, Saudis and Taliban.

    Think about it– in every episode of Star Trek, have you ever seen any of those four reprehensible types in the future? Why do you think that Spock seems so well fed?

    August 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  8. margaretcwright

    Wow. We are spending 200K researching for something that we aren't even sure exists? So much money is going to waste! There is desperate hunger in Somalia. There is reconstructing to do in the UK. There are trillions of dollars that the US needs to pay off. Why are we trying to find something that we aren't sure of when we can do things that truly matter? Knowing there are ET things out there is great, but it is just knowledge. We must want to solve and not know. First things NEED to be first.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Andrew

      This isn't government money, so you aren't paying it. It's a better use of money than many ways people waste money. Also, if we don't continue research like this we will stagnate technologically and risk slipping back into the Dark Ages. Yes there are problems in the world, and there are reasons for those problems. We need to address those reasons, and that doesn't necessarily mean throwing money the problems; the problems you mention all run deeper than that. Meanwhile let those who have their money in order because they solve problems for others spend it as they wish, or people may just decide to stop putting in the effort to solve problems.

      August 12, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  9. Gary

    Once again, I am amused. There are far greater endeavors than curing cancer, as you will never avoid death at some age. Much can be learned about us and who many refer to as God. There is definitely intelligent design in our universe, but it goes beyond anything you have experienced. In order to learn, long ago it was necessary to abandon conventional propulsion systems, which are expensive, unreliable, unsafe, and do not achieve the objective of exploring the universe. Through magnetic research it was possible to negate mass and devise an anti-gravitational system based on gyroscope-like wheels, one inside another, which could be varied by speed and vector to achieve weightlessness. That was only the beginning. Since propulsion systems were out of the question, a new discovery, which polarized light, was introduced. This allowed a space transfer rate just under the speed of light. This also proved to be inadequate, as traversing the universe in this fashion would take more time than possible. Since this universe is housed inside of other dimensions, it proved advantageous to utilize the attributes of one dimension higher to move to direct access points in the three dimensional universe. Imagine an ant on your driveway, who sees only your shoe and cannot possibly fathom the magnitude of your being. He sees you appear and disappear in an instant. (Oversimplified, but just to give an idea.) This new discovery led way to a long, arduous journey of mapping a fourth dimensional model of the three-dimensional universe, which made it possible to transfer craft to the other side of the universe in what may seem instantaneous. (Yes, this three-dimensional universe is finite.) So for those of you who cannot comprehend life from other planets, let me assure you that you can have others in the same room with you that are in a direction (fourth dimension) that you cannot comprehend, therefore cannot see. Are you beginning to understand my amusement? Thankfully these posts are anonymous, and this will be my last.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  10. CB

    This is a waste of money ... but not for the reasons you might think I think, LOL. The odds of finding any kind of radio signals from another planet outside our solar system are infinitesimally small for good scientific reasons. Let me outline one of those reasons that I think is most compelling. On earth, man-made radio signals are only about 100 years old. Already the old analog signals that could be detectable are passing quickly in favor of technologies such as DSS, Digital Spread Spectrum. DSS signals are completely undetectable as they are encrypted and come in pieces across a particular band. SETI can not hear such signals. So, in addition to the overwhelming odds against finding a signal based on signal power and the volume of space you also have this tiny, tiny, tiny window of time in which to catch the aliens during the 100 years they are using analog radio. Ain't gonna happen folks. The money is much better spent on Earth for Earthlings, for say, increasing compute power for molecule folding studies that could find cures for cancer.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  11. Gary

    Well, it appears that people are squaring off into definitive camps on this. We have uninformed "religious" folks, who don't the Bible well enough in its original text to understand that there is no contradiction here. We have "anti-religious" folks, who are fed up with the narrowmindedness of the first group. We have the scientist sympathists who are remaining objective and wanting a glimpse at truth. Defensiveness is the first sign that a person is unsure of his position and beliefs. Objectivity and the willingness to abandon former paradigms is the only way to find the Truth. My encouragement is to question every belief that we have and earnestly seek the true answers with the same fervor that a mother would search for a lost child in the deparment store.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • vincent

      The bible is false, always has been and always will be.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • DahrlinqKinqi

        im sorry 'vincent" for correcting you, but the bible is not false its more real than you are and if you are going to leave pathetic comment why waste your breathe? in my case the bible is real, and i know that we all have our different views but somethings should not be said and you comment shouldnt have been said, okay ?
        thanks bye

        August 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  12. Me2

    Wake up people! The human kind had evolve a bit technologically for the past 200 years but we still a little far behind of the technology that is required to find ET. Space is simply too vast and will take many lifetimes to explore. One has to keep an open mind because we still have no idea of what we are gona have to deal with in the near future!
    Accept it; It is obvious that we are not ALONE! And for the skeptics: If one day you wakeup
    And see something in the sky parked on top of a mayor city what do you do? Pray to God? I think not!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Marcus Pizzuti

      With history and the Roswell incident(not to be confused with the Roswell balloon)as a clue,We have been contacted or "discovered"a long time ago by our technological superiors "from the stars";Not likely we will discover them first when they have been around us since Genesis. Atomic clearance military personnel have witnessed and testified to the fact that we are being monitored by advanced vehicles not of this Earth.Dozens have under oath before Congress stated this,yet
      The House still allocates budgets to pet projects that are designed to go nowhere.THAT's more insane than a convention of Aluminum-hat believers.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  13. Interested pedestrian

    I would love to know if there is other intelligent life out there. I just don't think the government would ever tell us because it would make too many religious people really mad. The idea that we aren't the center of the universe and that it would go against the idea that there is a god would probably create an uprising.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Joe

      Make religious people mad? Religious people thinking Earth is the center of the universe?

      Why would "religious" people be mad about aliens? There a passage in the bible that people think relate to aliens – bible thumpers would not be ticked off about aliens.

      There is not one single religion that believes Earth is the center of the universe. Maybe you are thinking of an idea people had centuries ago.

      Stop spewing this hateful nonsense. There is enough hate on the Internet without you inventing more out of thin air.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Greg

      Yeah! Thats hateful nonsense! Religious people are very scientific and reasonable. They consider facts and make hypothesis based on those observable facts. They are logical and responsible, and can appreciate solid evidence of a non human-centric universe. Religious poeple aren't religious! That's hateful!

      August 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Siyajkak

      unfortunately, you are right about some people. Some people believe that it is "heresy" to believe in life beyond earth. In actuality, however, there is nothing to stop one from believing that God did not create life on other planets.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • Alejandro

        What a discussion indeed. By the way how many of you have forgotten we live in the twenty first century?!

        August 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  14. Naomi

    Earthlings are evil. We kill at our wills. All the creatures of the Planet Earth suffered enough because of us. If Americans cannot protect sharks from Asians, they have no rights to get in touch aliens. The criminal mankind does not deserve the outside contact. Don't spread the man-made tragedies into the space.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Keith

      I agree 100% with You. Look at what weve done to this planet. We pollute the air, land, and water. Kill off every species we get in contact with. We can even figure out how to live in peace, feed, clothe, shelter, our brothers and sisters. We deserve nothing short of extinction .

      August 11, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  15. Naomi

    May God spare aliens from being found and abused by the Earthlings...!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • MikeVince

      No need, as there's a very high chance that gods = ancient astronaut = aliens.
      Earthlings maybe like hamsters in a big cage called Earth and we are always been watched like an experiment or some sort.
      If we are in a very advance stage of existence and technology development, I have no doubt that we would do the same....put a simple bacteria in a planet and observe it's evolution like an experiment or a game.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • MikeVince

      If I am the one doing such experiement, I will put every possible ways not to be found; hence we have difficulty finding other advance beings. Who knows, they are in disguise amongst us as agents to monitor what's happening in close up view.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • Siyajkak

        You have no more evidence of these claims than I do that there's a God

        August 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  16. Robert

    200,000 is a lot of money, but compared to billions that gov's spend (or waste) in other areas, gives an idea of the low interest in finding alien life. In fact, governments don't want the people to know that there are (or would be) intelligent and perhaps more advenced civilisations out there...

    August 11, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  17. 2EL8

    I want to work there. Either there or the M5 Studio for Mythbusters.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  18. nasa13

    Thank you all. I've had my entertainment for the day! Go SETI.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  19. god

    children, relax... the aliens are angels the politicians are the demons. The apocalypse will be here soon so don't panic.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  20. Jason

    $200k? That's it? CNN probably made more money off of just this article than that.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  21. r

    SETI has been "listening" for contact from aliens for over 50 years with 0 actual responses heard. so glad to see private donors stepping up. why should the government fund a project with a zero success rate (for contact) since its inception 50 years ago. sadly, that air force contract will be the sugar daddy they've been waiting for. and don't worry, SETI is more creative and using grants thru universities (given by the govt.) to fund its projects. i just visited Green Bank (thanks late Senator Byrd) this weekend and they talked in-depth about their "funding." and pushing the left-wing agenda in science. maybe they should focus their radio waves study on space debris. i agree with wise research...but no results in 50 years...it was a no brainer decades ago. re-focus!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • The Shadow

      We haven't gotten any results out of Congress for at least that long, and we still fund them!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • oceanblue1

      Agreed, and along the lines of that brilliant thinking we need to refocus – and by re-focus I mean stop – funding for AIDS research and cancer research because they have been around thirty years in the case of AIDS and still no cure, longer for some types of cancer and still nada. Also, because everybody seems to be of the attitude now, now, now, we should mandate that whenever grant money is given out you have a year to show profound results or your funding gets yanked. And for the record, I'm being sarcastic. If we follow this guys line of thinking nothing will ever get done, ever.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • The Watcher

      Or Iraq, Afghanistan, the "War on Drugs", the bank bail out...
      Whats the ROI on these???

      August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • Robert Lipka

      ... and what do you think the probability of success is? It is VERY SMALL. In science there is also a concept about establishing the negative: we have checked this many locations over time and found nothing and thus it means the chances of finding aliens are at most smaller than this. This is also a result and useful in understanding how the Universe works... or for that matter how occupied the real estate among the stars is. All valuble info from many points of view.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:33 am |
      • New Potty

        The negative results of SETI give evidence that there is a small probability of receiving communications from a civilization that is at the same general level of primitive technological development as mankind. The flawed scientific presumptions for SETI are just a hair outside of quack science. For example, to receive a signal, ET would have to purposefully (and for mysterious reasons) aim a radio signal in our direction. Otherwise, signal leaks would have to be enormously powerful for us to detect. Earth's leaked radio and TV signals have nearly totally dissipated by the time they leave our solar system.

        August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  22. Iowa dude

    We should be spending resources looking for signs of terrestrial intelligence first. Once we know it is here, then we can look elsewhere.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  23. jojorican

    Always a big supporter of scientific research, in all fields.

    But would love to see much more done looking for extraterrestrial life right here...on Earth. The smoking gun/s lie deep in our oceans; a place we know less about than our moon.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Mike

      Exactly. Japan just found a pyramid off their east coast in the ocean. Might be irradiated right now but it's there. Go Google it already!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  24. JustThinkinOutloud

    We could be putting that 200,000 towards the new Death Star Battle Station.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Used up the Force

      Too late – we retired the shuttles.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  25. Mike

    Two hundred grand is a joke. I'm more concerned that the news (CNN, of all people) is actually covering this now. If you still think we are alone on this tiny pebble of a planet, it's time to start reading. ET's are real, whether you think I"m a "cook" or not. Once we all realize this, we can FINALLY move forward and start traveling among the stars. You can all start by going to George Washington University's website, where NASA, the FBI, and U.S. Airforce have released numerous documents on the subject. Thanks!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  26. Greed1163

    I think they should turn the dhishes around in the direction of Washington DC and see what happens.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Glades2

      They'd probably hear reruns of I Love Lucy (LOL)!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  27. Glades2

    Let UC use the almost quarter-million dollars for those who cannot afford to attend school and may not get the chance to use their God-given gifts if they are unable to graduate – enough of this nonsense!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Lomglifetiki

      The money was privately raised, privately funded, and dedicated to science. So. pppppffffhhhhhttttttttttt!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  28. Josh

    First off the probability that their in't life else were in the solar system is just simply not there. We have only began to scan OUR solar system which is quite tiny compared to other systems and haven't even started to look at planets not in this side of the universe such as multiplexes. And second i'm not a bible thump but why cannot God and other beings living on other planets not be possible? To say it's not is the same logic 500 years ago and the world was flat and England was the only country.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • The Watcher

      2000 years before that the intelligentsia of the time knew that the world was not flat and long before then megalithic builders had already determined the circumference of the earth, charted stellar maps, and created all of our currently used "recently defined" units of weights and measures and built colossal structure that we today could never reproduce. As long as a self willed ignorance remains over the average humans, and predominantly superficially minded Americans, pineal gland we will never wake from this self induced coma of profound knowledge that this race long fostered.

      Read: Civilization One, Before the Pyramids...and then just keep on reading.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  29. alien brain

    I think we need to focus on Bigfoot, Lock Ness Monster, and the Abominable Snowman first. Once we have those guys in the bag then we hone in on Martians.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  30. CreativeFactor

    Lets try to think this through. Prophets or "god" were sent here to guide mankind, lead them through hard ships and appreciate the goodness.... REWIND – profits were senile old men, bi polar wil no friends that managed to get people to follow then (great leaders) SETI stands for reaching into the cosmos and seeing whats out there.... I fear that theres stuff out there (higher level of governments) dont want us to find hense cut the spending. If the usa wanted to increase the debt ceiling by another 100 trillion they could.... whos gonna stop them?

    August 11, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • Raleigh Kirk

      I'm an actual alien, here's my blog:

      http://gametheoryheroes.tumblr.com/

      Help me spread the truth before it is too late!

      August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
      • The Watcher

        I'm actually interested in reading your blog. I hope I'm not disappointed.

        August 11, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  31. james dean

    wow, crazy! good post

    August 11, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  32. Wellthen

    I thought Jodi Foster already did that.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  33. funkeymonkey1

    While I applaud the fact that SETI got funding and find the search for ET life very intriguing, part of me agrees with Stephen Hawking. Hawking has warned that without knowing anything about the life forms we are trying to contact, we are potentially kicking a hornets nest. With that said, SETI is just listening. It's what we do once we hear something that will matter.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  34. spaceboy

    The sad thing is because they aren't up and running I bet they missed the alien transmission!! While you guys were having issues they were talking to us.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • funkeymonkey1

      Unless it's a consttly broadcasted transmission, odds of us hearing it are more than a trillion to one. Seti is only looking for continuously broadcasted transmissions.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  35. Otavio Augusto Sá

    It is easy. Nobody wants to talk with us!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Iowa dude

      And this is surprising??

      August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  36. hippypoet

    we need to stop spending money on things that are not going to help anyone.. we need to start spending on things like how to clean the air, the oceans, how to find alt. fuel , or even alt food... we are killing this planet and our heads are in the clouds, NOT COOL!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • O'Bama Sucks

      The U.S. spends 3 Billion a week on the wars in the Middle East and 374 Billion/year on Medicaid alone. I am all for not a single dollar to a useless war or poor people who will never do anything for this nation but be users.. then maybe we can fund science, the space shuttle, SETI and environmental programs.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • pickypicky

        Without fail, Obama-haters demonstrate an inability to understand the simplest of matters. Private donations don't cost the government anything. Please don't vote and please don't reproduce. Thank you.

        August 11, 2011 at 9:14 am |
      • President Obama Rules Forever

        Maybe if your pharmaceutical companies would stop jacking the prices of medication to space and beyond, maybe SICK DYING people could afford medication. I'm sure somebody would love to donate $200,000 to fund a investigation as to why medication cost so much.
        I'm sure much of these everyday sickness and illnesses are due to hearing about the GOP and TEA parties, tea bagging the US everyday.
        It's a shame, 19 pharmaceutical companies made almost 500 Billion dollars last year without breaking a sweat. I blame the lobbiest! I blame the losers who take money under the table to stop potential cures for major deseases, cancer, disorders. People spend more money on legal drugs than gasoline.
        It ain't rocket science! If you're sick, you more than likely can't drive nowhere...
        What US needs, is a War on LEGAL Drugs, and the companies who make them.
        500 Billion could have went into our jacked up international space center, or a telescope array, or funded a mission to the middle of Orion by now. Maybe a resort could have been on the moon by now.
        Head in the Clouds? We think, you tremble.

        August 11, 2011 at 9:14 am |
      • The Watcher

        Hey 'O'Bama Sucks' – it was your cousin Bush that got us into this mess. And since you most assuredly voted for him, and will most likely vote for Palin too since you have no intelligence, it's YOUR fault. You and your right wing cracked tea pots won't be happy until our major cities are infested with slums like Haiti, Brasil and the like were there is no social welfare infrastructure. At that point you won't be able to hide behind that white picket fence the GOP promised every American they will one day have (you probably still don't, right?) because there won't be even a two party system to keep this country afloat- just idiots like you and the smart people moving to Canada.

        August 11, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • funkeymonkey1

      These are private donations. This is money people want to donate because this is important to them. Why don't you spend less money on things you enjoy and donate it all to resolving environmental issues? I don't disagree with the causes you list, but folks should feel free to donate to the causes they feel are important to them.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Wellthen

      hippy and O'bama, these were private donations, clearly stated in the article. This is not your tax dollars at work here.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Jonas Libak

      So in all the mess we have, and are, creating we should not pursue common goals of humanity that in itself gives meaning? People always ask what the benefit of sciences such as this are, but one might as well ask why we search for love, happiness, peace and such. For me, science and our exploration of our very existence should in itself be a legitime reason in itself, it does'nt need spinoffs. And I none the less see science and space exploration as good means of uniting people across our globe.

      As for the question of money allocation: money is only what we use to measure the value of our work. As it is today, we have enough food for everyone, enough housing for everyone, and generally enough of all the essentials (at least in the developed world). Not giving money to these scientists would make them jobless, but not help the poor in Africa, or anywhere else^^ Its kinda messed up how our system works (altough I am for a mostly free capitalistic marked, with a socialist state). People should stop only talking money, and actually start doing things themselves. Start by caring about others, pursue careers that contribute to our common good (be it science or help organizations...), and promote not getting to many kids. Its getting crowded.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  37. ZenonX

    Your looking outward, look inward.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  38. R2D2

    Look no further, they are in Washington DC.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  39. The Jackdaw

    SETI is cool and good for thought experiments, but I’m not convinced that anything will come of the program. They say that our radio signals fade out and are indistinguishable from the background radiation long before they reach the nearest stars, so if Aliens are using similar technology, I would assume that their radio signals would fade out before they reached us. This program also operates under the assumption that a space-faring civilization that is millions of years more advanced than ours would still be using technology we were using in the 1930’s. That being said, I think it is important to keep an open mind and to keep exploring. Humanity needs exploration to thrive.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Neil

      What a bunch of crackpots! There is no alien life out there. You people are brain washed into thinking life just springs up without God. The complexities of life require a God. And he has just made life on earth and heaven and hell. When we die we find this out if we do not realize it here.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:29 am |
      • DRake

        Wow, your a narrow minded fool. look up the drake equation on google.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • Dave

        Idiot... Of course God created evolution. :-P

        August 11, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • The Jackdaw

        Oh boy, a religious nut-job! Buddy, religion is a farce. Before you start bashing religion with your lack of education, why don’t you pick up a scientific journal and read it before you get your prattle from Rush Limbaugh and the 700 Club. If you want to make extraordinary claims like “God”, then you are going to need to provide extraordinary evidence. As far as the divine goes, there is no proof. Your “complexity” argument simply holds no water.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • The Guy

        Wanna talk about brain washing, look no further than you "god". It's the case study to end all case studies.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:39 am |
      • LZSinger

        Ummmmm sure. The presence of an omnipotent being is much more plausible than alien life..... really?

        August 11, 2011 at 8:43 am |
      • ME

        Neil

        What a bunch of crackpots! There is no alien life out there. You people are brain washed into thinking life just springs up without God. The complexities of life require a God. And he has just made life on earth and heaven and hell. When we die we find this out if we do not realize it here.

        No you have it all wrong... the crackpots are the religious people who believe in gods...evolution baby!

        August 11, 2011 at 8:46 am |
      • liftman35

        heck for all we know... god and Jesus could be aliens.... not bashing religion, infact im christian.. but walking on water... water into wine... seas being parted...talking burning bushes.... sounds kind of alienish too me...

        August 11, 2011 at 8:46 am |
      • Phil

        Yeah right..."god" created the entire universe that spans tens of billions of light years "just for us". The same universe that is host to billions of huge galaxies with trillions of stars "just for us".

        Life didn't just spring up - it evolved very slowly over the past 4 billion years. But your tiny mind can't wrap itself around numbers that large.

        Grow up, Neil. You're the brainwashed one, because life does not require a god. There never was and never will be a god. Religion was conceived entirely by man for the purpose to control people and extort money from them.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • Bill

        Neil, I really hope you're joking with that comment. If you have any reasoning ability at all, then you can't call scientific people "brainwashed".. If you actually knew something about science then you would've understand. Not all, but most religious people are narrow-minded and narrow-mindedness is the hallmark of ignorance.
        According to your bible, the earth is only 6000 years old, Adam and Eve, talking snake etc etc. There is Proof that the earth is roughly 4.5 Billion years old. And around 3.5 billion years ago, life started on this planet. Now, the universe is said to be somewhere around 13.7 billion years old as we know it right now. There are trillions of galaxies, even more so planets and stars in our physical universe. That's what we know based on scientific research. There's no denying that, we can see them with telescopes and whatnot. The bible specifically says how god created Adam and Eve. Does that really sound plausible to you? It's a great bed-time story but, come on. On the other hand you have scientific research done by worlds smartest people (in their field) where Evolution is the more plausible factor for our being and we are where we are after billions of years of evolution, not 6000 years..
        Now, imagine if life started 1 billion years before it did on this planet. Heck imagine if it only started 1 million years or even 1000 years before it did here. Or maybe even at the same time. Or, it started later!

        "You" people thought that the earth was flat, and the sun evolved around the earth. You even thought that the earth was the centre of the Universe (which I can't blame you for, it's human nature to think it's superior). All of those were Wrong and proven by Science! EVERYONE knows that basic science, but no thanks to "you" people! You even killed scientists for not agreeing with your make-belief stories.. So for your own sake and for humanity, please take a step back and objectively think this through!

        August 11, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • The Watcher

        Neil – Is a moment in time for you the same for God? Do you believe that time – the clock that you use to measure how few experiences you can have with the life you have been given- is something that would effect the "Creator" (an abstraction that your and all of our minds could NEVER comprehend) of all that you see, can imagine, understand and all that which you are unwilling to? Maybe you should have been reborn into the Dark Ages, because that obviously the state your mind is in.

        God help you.

        August 11, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  40. Corinnian

    Salame!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • cale

      Knowledge is power, it grows like a flower

      August 11, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  41. Anyonymous

    Even if they find something, don't you think the gov't will tell them "they didn't find anything"? And we will never even know...

    August 11, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • madcow

      And, just why would the government want to keep such a secret, Anyonymous? Do you know why it was that we developed the space program? Leave your conspiracy theories at home where they belong.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:13 am |
      • pizza that

        Would it be your position in general that governments don't hide anything from the public? Or is this just with respect to extraterrestrials? It may be true that governments would feel obligated to reveal information of the most unprecedented and volatile nature. Or it may not be true. You seem to have a remarkable, if perhaps ego-driven, sense of the world and all its vicissitudes.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:30 am |
      • pizza that

        PS: We developed the space program to compete technologically with our adversaries in the Cold War. We certainly didn't do it in search of ET.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Conway

      The government is full of people who are just people who can't keep a secret. So much for conspiracy. Leaks will always happen.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  42. Deep North

    Where is Jodie Foster when you need her??????

    August 11, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  43. Gary

    All of the posts are entertaining and show an eclectic view of the thought processes of our population. It intrigues me that some believe that alien life creates a mutual exclusivity to other tenets, which is not necessarily true. The majority of the population is uninformed and many are incapable of comprehending certain concepts beyond their own experiences. Conjuring up visions of "green men" is so far from the reality that such imagery leaves so many people in the dark. Whether it is fear, doubt, dread, or whatever causes our ignorance, the facts remain. Fortunately, most people will never be privy to them.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Nick

      Gary: Well said...as true here on this post and in so many other areas of our society.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • The Watcher

      agreed

      August 11, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  44. Catweazle

    1:Private donations,not government,so they can do what they want.2:The Universe(not just our galaxy) is massive.Do you really think that in the entire Universe(156 Billion light years across approx)this is the only rocky planet the right distance away from the right type of star to have ever had life on it?intelligent or otherwise.Humans belong in the "otherwise" catagory.I for one am glad to see it up and running.At least that money is not going to some slimebag politician.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Deep North

      I love how yo are trying to give dimensions to the Universe!

      August 11, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Peter North

      I'll show you dimensions!

      August 11, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  45. Pete

    $206,000 from 2,300 individuals actually only averages out to about $89.57 per person. If 2,300 people want to gamble three to five dining out experiences for something like this, fine with me. Worse are the poor souls waste hundreds on MegaMillions.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • The Jackdaw

      I just hope that the aliens know the winning lottery numbers.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • ndTimmy

      I don't really see it as gambling, I think it is safe to assume the 2300 people that donated to turn the lights back on are avid enthusiasts and/or scientist themselves so they would have not problem giving to the cause... I think it would be better give my money to this rather than a politician or investor at this point.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  46. can I pick yours?

    We can't even co-exist amongst ourselves. The aliens are visiting already, but they're having trouble developing a strategy for communicating with such a violent, selfish, shortsighted species.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • madcow

      Nonsense.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Zam

      "can I pick yours", you are absolutely correct.

      And, NEVER listen to a "madcow". :-)

      August 11, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  47. paul

    Foolish, a waste just for deception and a show to the masses. They (government, powers that be) KNOW about alien life already, are trading/fighting with aliens and there are attempts to enslave us all. This is the greatest deception pulled on human kind ever. There are multiple Space Programs. The overt one is shut down, a total waste of money. The covert ones are well and functioning. We already have incredible tech obtained from the aliens, but the government chooses to keep it hidden from the people. Same with government, there is the one for the masses and then there is the controlling one hidden. Fools.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • Hellzyeah

      The black helicopters are on the way to pick you up. Make sure to pack your Area 51 Underoos (Alien Edition) and a toothbrush.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:38 am |
      • Ken

        FOOL - the black helicopters have become too recognizable. They now paint them to look like other helicopters, to blend in (just like the black cars are now other shades to blend into the roadways!). Everytime you see a helicopter in the sky it could be those sneaky bastards trying to spy on you. Just remember if you think you see something but don't hear anything, it's best to run and hide! And don't forget the tinfoil protective headgear. They may be trying to influence your decisions.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • madcow

      Paul, I have some close friends who work for one of those covert space programs you talk about. Everything you say is true ...and you know what? The aliens have a special interest in YOU, Paul, just you alone. They want to come and take you away. They are coming, Paul. Please be ready. By the way, if you have any money in any bank accounts, just let me know and I will manage those accounts for you. Just as a favor to you, Paul.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • paul

      Really? This little snippet had more stuff in it that was filtered out by the censors and did not show up in the original message. Why is that?

      August 11, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  48. ngc1300

    The parochialism on this page is staggering. If it doesn't turn a profit by December, it isn't worth it. Knowledge for it's own sake is useless. People in Africa are starving. Those people are starving not because there's no food available , but because local political "necessities" and political "considerations" (read intolerance and greed) prevent the food from getting to them. If our grandparents had bitched about money being spent for "useless" knowledge (basic research that doesn't pay for itself by December), frequently by private corporations, sometimes by -GASP- the government, you'd still be hitching your horse up to the wagon, and not whining through your computer on this forum. The anti-intellectual trend in the USA is disturbing. Either support education and research, or insist that your school district offer courses in Chinese , so your children will be better able to communicate with their bosses.
    December

    ) paid for by private monies

    August 11, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • Ken

      Your wasting your breath. Most of these whiners here barely know how to read and I suspect they get most of their news from Comedy Central. Otherwise they would know that the Somali Islamists have banned food aid and they claim any reports of famine are mere Western Propaganda by anti-islamist states. Those pictures of wide eyed starving kids are obviously made in Hollywood according to them. They also suffer from liberal "Toss-money-at-it-to-make-it-better" syndrome. Oh I will admit this world has problems. But the only way to SOLVE a problem is to study it, learn about it, understand what causes it, and then apply a devised solution to eliminate it. And we have no idea where the knowledge will come that will allow us to do. For example Peniccillin was an accidental discovery. While Fleming was searching for a wonder drug to kill bacteria, he was concentrating on using substances in the human body. The chance contamination by mold from experiments in another location opened up a whole new direction in the search for drugs, leading to the wonders we have today. It is only by increasing knowledge that the worlds problems may be solved. But some are to stupid to understand that.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:55 am |
      • madcow

        The moment you started off your note with "Your", instead of "Your're", it was clear you had nothing intelligent to say, Ken.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Jeff

      Absolutely agreed. Does anybody here actually believe that $200,000 would actually make a difference with the starving people in Africa? Boys and girls, the food is there already with tons still coming in. It's just being held up from distribution by greedy middle men. How about the starving kids in America? South America? Southeast Asia? Wait a minute...what about the sick children in Taiwan? What about the orphans in Thailand? What about the homeless in Poobah, Idaho? What do you want to do? Stop giving to these charities and concentrate on just one? Let's just stop all scientific research and put all that money into strictly cancer or muscular dystrophy research? When it comes to money given to a cause, there's always someone who'll think the money is better spent elsewhere. $200,000 is a paltry sum compared to the tens of millions going to feed the starving in Africa.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Dan

      Couldn't possibly agree more.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • The Watcher

      If you think money is something of actual value and not just an invention to keep the masses fighting over it (paper) instead of become aware that the very few individuals rule the entire population on the backs of almost 6 billion people knowing that they are sheep, then the truth is you are just another lamb for the feast. The rulers aren't aliens either, they're just your puppet master.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  49. Guest

    Chances are if there is Intelligent life out there its just going to come here and rape us

    Just what we need,an outbreak of U.F.O.S.T.D.'s

    August 11, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • Spock

      At least let's get those 5 foot condoms ready !

      August 11, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  50. unknown777

    Spending 200k on something the government is hiding from us....

    August 11, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  51. Michael

    Oh how silly. The aliens are RIGHT HERE amongst us, around us, in the skies and giving us greetings every moment. Not in some far away place via a radio signal. Its like trying to make a long distance call to the arctic while your neighbor is knocking on your door. And the scientists know it. In a few months tho, its going to be perfectly clear where they are. This is gonna be SWEET!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • pizza that

      SWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTT!!!!!!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  52. Darren C

    Aliens are already here......controlling the American government.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  53. Rob

    It is like hunting for something that can kill you. Why should you search for alien life? We got enough problems of our own.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • Wasted1

      There's a whole multiverse of life "out there" - much of which we won't recognize.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  54. Rob

    We need money for our economy. It would be better to donate the money to third world places and help out our own planet.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Heather

      As hard as it may be to wrap one's mind around it, putting that array back to work does help the economy. It puts bright minds back to work with a paycheck which they will then be spending. When real money (not just credit) changes hands, the economy improves.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:19 am |
      • pizza that

        Thanks for the nice wrapping job!

        August 11, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  55. fiskenmann

    Why not send out the latitude and longitude of Tehran? That way, aliens will not attack the earth when they discover there is no intelligent life on earth!

    August 11, 2011 at 6:57 am |
    • Well, when you put it that way...

      give them the Latitude and longitude of Washington D.C. That way, they wont attack us when they find no intelligent life on earth

      August 11, 2011 at 7:58 am |
      • What are you Implying?

        hahaha, good one.

        August 11, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  56. grizzle

    I'm sorry but come on, do you really think 'humans' are ready to see little green men when we cant even work our own stock market, we'll probably end up taxing them or something for entering our space quadrant, i prefer to watch the films because I really truly believe have already made contact and there is no way 'they' will let the general public know. |Seriously it will have very destructive results

    August 11, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  57. mast

    just in time for the perihilion of COMET ELENIN

    August 11, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  58. James

    Dear Aliens,

    Please conquer us, as we obviously aren't capable of living together without some kind of benign dictator.

    Thanks,
    Humanity

    August 11, 2011 at 6:28 am |
    • Alyssa

      P.S. – Please be benign.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  59. Spock

    I guess we need someone to invest in our stock markets. Better Alien than nobody.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  60. louie

    Alien pus%y coming to a brothel near you… I liiiiiiiiike

    August 11, 2011 at 5:23 am |
    • Mary Banilow

      Better wear a condom Dude. Everytime you have sex with an alien your having sex with everyone she had sex with and everyone they had sex with etc.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  61. Kelebs

    There are no Aliens or intelligent life, all there is is what you see here on earth, if you go to far you can only find demons, the fallen angels, they are the once manipulating these scientist to believe that there is a intelligent life some where, all this is just a waste of time and resources, nothing will be found out there because is nothing

    August 11, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • Ryan

      I consider you to be an idiot

      August 11, 2011 at 5:02 am |
      • Milvan

        I also consider you an idiot

        August 11, 2011 at 6:16 am |
      • samsam

        I consider myself an idiot.

        August 11, 2011 at 6:38 am |
    • Beaver

      OK the aliens just saw your post and decided to leave. They figured they'd just let us go extinct in peace after seeing how stupid your post is. WTG. There went our last best chance to fix our idiotic 1% wealth-controlled government.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:25 am |
    • Jeffpb

      Isn't this the same as saying if you sail your ships too far you'll fall off the edge of the Earth or be eaten by Dragons? I find it hard to believe that Demons will have radio transmitters so they can trick the scientist.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:42 am |
    • Dziger

      Good one, but there is only one catch; your so called demons and fallen angels that roam out there in the universe and poison our scientific minds, might actually be the Aliens that you claim do not exist. To me personally, it is a great relief to know that we have God (in terms of every known religious denomination) to thank for having a few enlightened people such as yourself to protect us from our own wastefulness and intellectual stupidity. Can I ask you a question: the Earth, is it a round object floating in space, or a plate carried by elephants? I just hope that you are bright enough to answer this mind boggling question and restore my hope of intelligent life on this Earth.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • Les

      Oh,I get it now! If we can't see it, it isn't there, and if we don't understand it, God did it...

      August 11, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • Guest

      I boo you,your Idiot beliefs and generally sh*t on all that nonsense you just wrote

      August 11, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • pickypicky

      The question is, is there any intelligent life in your family?

      August 11, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • Recceman

      Oh good grief....I suppose you come from the sect that tried to lynch Galileo.....to you the world is still flat, so go take a long walk in the name of Darwin....

      August 11, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Jason

      I call Poe's law.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Bill

      Damn another one.. It's so sad that you think that! I hope you live to witness when they find intelligent life somewhere and you realize how wrong you've been your whole life. All your belief and bullshit thoughts just crumbles and you feel so humiliated but at the same time relieved because finally, finally, you opened up your mind to other possibilities... OR, you just can't handle the truth so you become some sort of addict because of your lack of comprehension. Decide now! Which one will you be?

      August 11, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • The Watcher

        He won't, he's going out in the Rapture...

        August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • The Watcher

      Maybe you, Romney, Bachmann, Beck and Palin can build a wall high enough that the Aliens can't get over?

      I'm just saying.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  62. John

    Human civilisation is not mature enough to deal with the implications of contact with an alien race of living beings.

    Just let this project rest for a few hundred years, when we can actually make use of the full potential of such a contact/occurrence. It may do more harm than good to the current human civilisation if it is successful now.

    Let's be honest, what difference will it make to everyday life right now, if radio traces of an alien civilisation are found hundreds or thousands of lightyears away?

    It'll be in the news for a few months and then no one will care anymore.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • LuisWu

      Sorry, but we'll never be mature enough. In fact, we'll just continue to get dumber and dumber. All of the intelligent people use birth control and limit their families to 2 – 3 kids. Stupid people breed like rabbits. In a couple of hundred years the average IQ will be about 50. So, no. We'll never be mature enough.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:36 am |
      • Les

        Don't forget the dumbing effect of technology...A LOT of people can't even do simple math without a calculator.

        August 11, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  63. jon

    FACTS:
    1. SETI is a passive system that scans for alien transmissions. It does not send Earth coordinates to aliens.
    2. Our best science indicates that there is a good potential for alien life. However, the distances are daunting given our level of technology. This is another reason why passive scanning makes sense.
    3. Money spent on science is better than money spent on most other things.
    4. Getting probed is fun.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • scndnv

      Reality is just too harsh for some... Look, an alien, behind that tree.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:54 am |
    • Diana

      Awesome, just absolutely awesome.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  64. Gino Punsalan

    $200,000 to search for intelligent life in the cosmos... yes, they may be out there because there is no intelligent life here.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  65. virj

    If there is intelligent beings out there, they will know that there isn't any on this planet and leave without a trace. To make it here, they must be very advanced to start off with. We destroy our own home planet and are looking for aliens?? We must be nuts.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:25 am |
  66. Floydzel

    People can do what they want with their money, but has anyone stopped to think about whether this is a great idea at all? I mean, we're talking about Aliens, people. If I was an alien with superior technology and some humans were foolish enough to tell me where they lived, I'd turn Earth into my summer home planet.

    I've seen this movie before, and I for one am not looking forward to being conquered by an alien race. Then again, maybe they'd run the planet better than our governments... tough choice, actually.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • LaPeachez

      Floydzel,

      Why does everyone care about space so much? There are so many things to worry about just on our own planet, who cares if there are aliens? Just because aliens always want to conquer Earth in the movies doesn't mean they'd want to in reality. Maybe they'd just want to hang out or exchange ideas. Maybe CNN should ban all space-related articles from now on, since it's all just a waste of time and money.

      ~LaPeachez~

      August 11, 2011 at 3:07 am |
      • Diana

        Ban them? Why? Whose time and money is being wasted anyway?

        August 11, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • A C Mamaril

      Allow me to borrow words from a Reader's Comment in an on-line newspaper:

      "Perhaps the most convincing sign that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is the fact than none of it has tried to contact us."

      August 11, 2011 at 3:16 am |
      • Allen

        Awesome comment, AC. Best so far!

        August 11, 2011 at 6:38 am |
    • marat 1

      Actually, I think Stephen Hawking has been ABSOLUTELY correct. Lately, he has been extremely vocal that he believes it is a HUGE ERROR to attempt to get in touch with extra-terrestrials. In fact, he has been insisting that we should do everything we can to NOT be discovered by them, as there is a good likelihood that they may be extremely hostile and violent. Only fools believe that because they might have advanced technology that they would be helpful little E.T.s.....No. They might well want to exterminate our species. That is entirely possible, and we should NOT be giving them any help to do so. This project is founded on the faith that they will be friendly–but there is NO EVIDENCE that this would be the case. None.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:42 am |
      • jerseychi

        I don't believe that. People are the violent monsters. If Aliens have the means to travel here and are super intelligent, I bet they will just laugh and pity out shallow existence.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:04 am |
      • Get real

        Blah Blah Blah...Aliens? what a load of rubbish, the people who donated to help raise the 200K are wasting there time and money.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:46 am |
      • scndnv

        He can do robot voice, he must be smart.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:56 am |
      • grizzle

        I totally agree with you statement, 100% or hawkings statement! although I believe we already have made contact and it will never come out that we have either,period so yeah, i'm a fan of NASA but SETI is pointless and dangerous

        August 11, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • jerseychi

      If people want to spend their money on this, good for them. I'll pay my bills instead.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:01 am |
      • James

        200,000 of a privately funded program would hardly fix our economy. Throw the money into education and maybe we could stop raising dumbasses that think 200 grand would solve our problems

        August 11, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  67. Paul

    looks like we got our priorities right, looking for aliens instead of fixing our economy

    August 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Alex

      Don't be shortsighted. Pretty soon, aliens are the only ones who will be able to give the U.S. any form of credit.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:20 am |
    • LuisWu

      No government money is being spent on that. It's none of your business if individuals want to donate to furthering scientific knowledge. Your comment just makes you look stupid.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  68. Paul

    What a waste of money, there are no aliens out in space, if there is they are demonic.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Al

      An interesting and surprisingly closed-minded view of things.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • micky blue

      i want to fill a pillowcase with bars of soap and beat the $h1t out of you!

      August 11, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • paul is a sheep

      bahhhhhhhhhh

      August 11, 2011 at 1:51 am |
      • Heath

        Paul is really small minded. There are obviously aliens in space due to the size of the universe. However, the odds of us making contact with them or the chances of any living nearby are very very low. So you believe in your superstitious angels and demons while the educated of us will leave keep up to date with the quest for UFOs.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • Jeremy

      According that logic, anyone whose view differs from yours is considered a 'sheep'? Quite the contrary, as Paul is one of the few people here who doubt the existence of ET life. It is only by your assumption that the universe was not created that you believe aliens must exist. According to your world view, aliens must exist. However, your world view is based on unprovable assumptions, so perhaps you should examine your convictions a little more carefully. According to Paul's world view, the universe WAS created, and not once does God mention alien life in the way you hope. Hence, according to Paul's world view, it is logical to presume that aliens DO NOT exist. This is a battle of the world views, and, to date, we have not found any irrefutable proof of alien life.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:45 am |
      • pickypicky

        We've only found irrefutable proof of your eighth-grade logic skills.

        August 11, 2011 at 7:23 am |
      • Alyssa

        And your assumption is that god exists.

        August 11, 2011 at 8:37 am |
      • Jugger

        @ Jeremy.
        This is a battle of the world views, and, to date, we have not found any irrefutable proof of alien life.
        Do you have any irrefutable proof of God? Just using your own logic to ask this question.

        August 11, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • LuisWu

      Your momma is demonic.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  69. Colin

    CNN – put this on the menu of your first page. Even Fox does that with its (ironically) very good science blog.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  70. ajd041

    @ steve gist cosmetics are makeup. Astronomy is space and people need to quit complaining It was from PRIVATE DONORS! And SETI is worth it we need to become more advanced eventually earth will become overpopulated now this a ways away but it will happen so its best to start early

    August 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  71. Bob Rice

    I saw aliens once, I should have gone with them....

    August 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Heath

      Maybe you should have.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:40 am |
  72. Mase

    While space travel is important and fully worth the money put into it, this is an absolute waste of money. I'm just glad it was public money and not government spending. Intelligent life is most likely out there, but it's not visiting Earth.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Mase

      To make sure I don't get any hate comments, I mean looking for aliens is a waste. Tracking space debris isn't. ;)

      August 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • helenecha

        Yeah! I see. There's a smiley coming from a voice.

        August 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Udaman

      Intelligent life is out there, but perhaps not here.

      August 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  73. helenecha

    WOW! Applaud! On seeing the news, I'm excited. Of all the researches about deep space program, SETI is supposed to be a miraculous project. Better still, SETI has become an aid of both U.S. Air Force and NASA's Kepler mission. Let’s expect SETI can raise much more money from more achievable services.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  74. dale

    I am sorry that the number that you are trying is no longer working the humans that you're trying to reach were stupid and run out of money

    August 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • pickypicky

      LOL

      August 11, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  75. marc

    WHY? Why waste money on this, look how long they have been doing this and what's the end result.....nothing. They could have donated the money to me and I would run around in a alien suit for them yelling we come in peace.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • rob2tall

      if this is a waste of money-what about HAARP? They have burned a giant hole in out atmosphere and accomplished nothing and their budget is not even listed by the GAO nor is Area 51-or its other 2 sites..
      We know ET exists-he/she/it is visiting the earth weekly and smart enough not to land..

      August 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Diana

      Yes, it is true that they have not found alien life. It is also true that governments are the only entities that have the luxury of thinking in terms of generations and not weekly targets. This is a humanities project and may never pay off and if it does it may not be for many, many years. So what?

      August 11, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  76. Dajiba

    You'd better stop searching for alien life, save our life instead.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  77. ramesh

    we should not compare oranges to apples, scientific research fund helps our next generation and its an investment. we should appreciate donner's long sight, and if we find Aliens, then we can share our problems for better out-come. Its just my thought.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  78. laurab68

    I'm sorry, but 200K to search for life outstide of this planet is rediculous, when there are issues here on this planet which require those funds. Look one of those children in Africa in the eye and watch them die of starvation, and then tell me that the money is being well used.
    Lets say for example that there is life out there other than ours. What then? Another planet for us to do damage to like the one we live on here?
    Useless waste of money. And the gov't wonders why it's in the trouble it's in....

    August 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • pitt2050

      this is private money so they can do as they like...welfare for scientists is a worthy goal i think.
      As for aliens- they don't exist. Mathimatical odd are that we are completely alone in this galaxy- the more we learn about the universe the lower the odds that there are other civilizations around is becoming.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
      • moose

        "Mathimatical odd are that we are completely alone in this galaxy-" This is untrue. I'm not sure what new evidence you are referring to here. The only evidence that would suggest we are alone is the fact that we haven't seen anyone else. Otherwise, the odds of there being possibly life harboring planets is staggeringly large. That's the paradox though...

        August 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
      • neil

        read a book

        August 11, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • LefL

      I'm sorry, laurab68, but if you read the article, it says the $200k was from DONATIONS by private bodies. So you need to take your complaints to the more than 2,300 people or institutions which donated. Don't blame the government for something it didn't do, sweetheart.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Spank my Stank

      What's rediculous is your spelling. The real ridiculous thing is that you are so narrow minded to not see the importance of expanding our scientific horizons...

      And for the win: You are stupid for your government remark...

      August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Steve Gist

      Stop spending money on cosmetics then and donate it to the starving of the worlld. If all the people in the USA and the 'first world' stop spending did that trillions would go to the needy. $200k on research? Pah! Nothing.

      August 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • Azhitman

        Here's an idea if you're so into helping starving africans donate all your wealth to them, otherwise STFU and let nature take her course.

        August 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • JOHN COOL BRO WAYNE

        AYO BRO. CHECK THIS OUT BRO. FIRST UP. HOW ABOUT IT AINT OUR OBLIGATION TO HELP PEOPLE WHO CANT HELP DEMSELVES BRO.

        WE NEEDA GO OUT DERE AND STRAIGHT UP TAKE OUR STUFF INTO THE COSMOS BRO.

        In all honesty, we're wasting time here on Earth. We need to go into the cosmos.

        August 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • rob2tall

      $200,000 wont solve any issues in Africa or America-its a drop in a bucket and privately funded so whats your point?

      August 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Rajiv

      How much you think 200K is... it does not get you s nice one bedroom home in delhi... i am actually surprised that these guys can run show with such thin budget.... its totally worth it... if they get something its great... otherwise few million dollars is just peanuts in real world....

      August 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • neil

      you make me sad. your narrow mindedness is exactly the kind of thinking that will lead us into the apocalypse you seem so convinced will befall any new worlds discovered by humans. if you don't see the merit in investing in research, i invite you to give up your car, your mobile phone, electricity, the internet, air conditioning, and move into a cave.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • zinthos86

      You want to talk about wasting money? How about all the millions that movie stars and athletes have? Yes, I know that they are the best at what they do ... but it's the best at acting and playing a game. Or even better are the people that are famous because they know a famous person. If we wouldn't spend so much money on being entertained and more on science and mathmatics then maybe we wouldn't be in the situation we're currently in. We could have already mastered interplanetary travel, but no. We would rather be entertained than be smart.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:14 am |
      • hahahaah

        ur makin 2 much cents. pleas stop makin my hed hert.

        August 11, 2011 at 11:33 am |

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