Astronomers have rebooted their search for intelligent life on alien planets, and they've got thousands of targets to scan. After hibernating for more than seven months, a set of radio telescopes run by the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute has once again begun listening for signals from the many alien planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, researchers announced Monday (Dec. 5).
SETI launched a crowdfunding site, www.setistars.org, in an attempt to get the array back up and running. And the public came through, donating enough money to take the ATA out of mothballs. As of Monday, citizens had chipped in more than $230,000. Some funding help has also come from the United States Air Force, which is interested in using the array to track satellites and space debris, SETI officials said.
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