Seti preservation of microsoft co-generation all millions

With it the so-called "One Hectar Project" to be implemented for permanent search for signals extraterrestrial intelligence

Since NASA has no longer supported the search for signs of extraterrestrial life in the radio signals received with powerful telescopes, because the US Congress has painted the funds in 1983, the then founded SETI Institute must be searched for funds. Now the institute has received a million donation for the project 1HT (One Hectare Telescope), with which together with the Radio Astronomy Lab of the University of California in Berkeley wants to create its own, permanently usable plant for reception of radio signals.

Seti preservation of Microsoft co-generation all millions

Prototype of the planned project, photo: Seth Shostak / Seti Institute

Copiers of the SETI Institute have always liked to come from the environment of the computer industry. Greetings from the Hewlett-Packard co-founded David Packard and Bill Hewlett or by Intel-Mitbounder Gordon Moore. However, despite the search for nearly 40 years, the search for signals externRestrial intelligence has not yet been found. The SETI @ home project, also from the UC Berkeldy, which already has already provided for two million people for a record in terms of distributed computing and browse the data recorded by the ARECIBO telescope for striking signals, could not yet report a find yet. The best known amption that one could have found such a signal is circulated as "Wow!"-Signal that Jerry Ehmann discovered in 1977 on the computer expression of the recordings of the radio telescope of Ohio State University – and thereby "Wow!" root. But the short signal remained unique, and you could not find out where it came from.

A total of 12.5 million dollars now have Paul Allen, Microsoft’s Microsoft, and Nathan Myhrvold, Fruher Chief Technologist, and Nathan Myhrvold, Fruher Chief Technologist, to the project, as the San Jose Mercury News report today. This is at least once the half of the realization needed 26 million dollars together. As part of 1ht, 500 to 1000 satellite firing with a diameter of 5 meters, which give it relatively cheap to buy, are set up on a hectare of land. The firing will be able to move simultaneously in the same direction, which is why they correspond to a powerful, but greatly much more expensive telescope with a 100 meter shot and at the same time take more than 50 million radio frequencies. Even if it is not clear how to build exactly, whether scattered next to each other, in circle or rather scattered, the place is already clear: when Creek Observatory of the University of California. A prototype with seven bushes was already presented in April of this year.

Thanks to the donors, however, the name of the project was now converted from 1th in all Telescope array: "For the first time in our story", So Paul Allen, who donates $ 11.5 million, "we have the possibility to carry out a scientific and technically sophisticated search for intelligent life beyond the earth, while we at the same time operate normal radio astronomy.". Greg Klerkx, director for development at the Seti Institute, is of course happy about the gift that the "The next generation of this research really" will let. So far, the SETI Institute can use the ARECIBO telescope in Puerto Rico or the Jodrell Bank Observatory only for declined 20 days to address them to the possibly interesting objects in space.

Since the opportunities to be relatively low on signals extraterrestrial intelligence are probably relatively low, the telescopes, which go into operation in 2005, are also used for other research purposes: "If we never find a signal from another civilization, we will have made an incredibly rough contribution to the better understanding of our cosmos. We can not lose", Insured Leo Flash, Director of the Radio Astronomy Laboratory of the UC, the two donors. And Klerkx emphasizes that the search for answering the question, whether we are alone, is one of the last questions of philosophy and science, but also humanity. Now it will arrive to find the remaining money for the realization of the project. When the All Telescope Array is completed, only 1000 silly stars in earth should be observed, then you want to continue gradually and capture 100,000 stars and finally explore a millions of stars in our galaxy. In the milk strain alone, there are the 400 billion stars. So there is still a lot to do.

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