Congress to offer huge amount of money for new SETI venture in search for extraterrestrial intelligence

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 May 2018, 09:50 PM
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The Congress is putting forth a new bill to fund NASA by extending a sum of ten million dollars for the missions to find extra-terrestrial life, according to reports. The decision of the Congress to fund SETI has come for the first time in last twenty-five years.

If the bill gets passed then it would finance the efforts of NASA in searching techno signatures such as the radio transmissions for seeking the evolution and distribution of alien life. It would also study the future of alien life in the world.

NASA has targeted SETI program back in the year 1992, after the Congress had helped them by financing a pair of telescopes for seeking the signals from the aliens. The program was a failure and was ceased after a ‘Nevada Senator’ urged to withdraw funding calling it to be ‘The Great Martian Chase’.

Now scientists are finding out whether artificial intelligence (AI) could assist us to search for alien intelligence in ways we haven't even thought of yet.

Noted astronomer Jill Tarter, who directed the SETI for thirty-five years explained the administration if they start the SETI program again then it would not stand anywhere in front of the budget of NASA.

“Ten million at once for one year won't do much but $10 million a year, as an ongoing funding stream, could do a great deal. It could allow people to build special-purpose instrumentation, and then use it on the sky for a long time," Tarter said.

Mankind now has the technology for analysing the more signals in far more developed ways. However the success is not guaranteed to be achieved as soon as the space is vast and no one is sure whether they are searching the right place, she added.

In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), researchers have often looked for signs of intelligence, technology and communication that are similar to humans.

First Published: Friday, May 11, 2018 04:43 PM

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