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Unformatted text preview: ed Planet. More famously, pioneering radio astronomer Frank Drake turned a big dish in West Virginia toward the stars in 1960. SETI has continued, in fits and starts, ever since. Still, while the public imagines a universe of star cruisers and galactic cyberwebs, budget-cutting bureaucrats find even partial grants for SETI an easy target. Did you write your representative or senator when the SETI funding was slashed? I guess we prefer our aliens to announce themselves without effort on Netflix. So it's time for more Paul Allens -- Carnegies of the cosmos -- to step into the void left by the cuts. And there's not a moment to waste. NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified some 1,200 potential planets outside our solar system -- dozens of which will be the size of Earth. Some of those could sustain liquid water. It's a big leap from puddles to technological civilizations, but if we don't look, we'll never know if the leap's been made. And only penny-pinching solipsists with streaming video could be happy in such cosmic ignorance. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 177 Mercury Politics SETI – Popular – Public NASA and the Government should take advantage of public interest in SETI Bates, Creation, 4 (Gary –Staff Writer for Creation Magazine, SETI—coming in from the cold of space, Creation Magazine 26(3): 4850,, Access: 6/27/11) AC Recent news reports have once again promoted the concept of extraterrestrial life into the forefront of public consciousness. SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has, for many years, been scanning the heavens with radio telescopes in an effort to detect radio signals from space . Their hope is to discover a message that they can determine is from an intelligent source. Some years ago, not long after the heady days of the ‘space race’, SETI became the ‘flavour of the month’ and received substantial US government funding for its search of the stars. When it became apparent that ET was not phoning (our) home and the project produced no results, the US Congress cut funding dramatically . Dr Frank Drake is a former chairman of SETI whom many regard as its founding father. He said, in ever so blunt terms, that for most of the last decade: ‘SETI was a four-letter word in NASA. … It was not uttered in speeches, or in documents.’1 However, SETI recently received a boost in funding from an unexpected source—its former critic, NASA. When questioned about the reason for such a radical change in policy, NASA says nothing in their approach to space exploration has changed. But the reality is—it has. NASA used to engage in projects that fuelled the public’s imagination (and thus loosened its purse strings), such as the Apollo moon missions. But as interest waned, coupled with the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of a few years ago, it has never recaptured the halcyon days of leading the ‘space race’. Subsequently, it has struggled for relevance and purpose, and even for its very expensive existence. However, in recent years NASA launched the ‘Origins’ program, the purpose of which is to ‘explore the Universe and search for...
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