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Alien Hunting Season Set to Open

 

Alien hunting is set to resume in Silicon Valley.

The SETI Institute is preparing to reactivate an array of 42 satellite dishes dedicated to searching for traces of life in space, following an outpouring of financial support. (SETI stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.)

The project was shut down in April after federal funding dried up. Since then, the Mountain View-based group has raised $200,000 to get it started again.

"There was such tremendous worldwide support — it was pretty amazing," SETI Institute spokeswoman Karen Randall said.

Randall said scientists have not yet determined exactly how they will restart the satellite system — or when.

"It was never designed to go into hibernation," Randall said. "It's not back online yet — it's not quite just like flipping a switch. It’s going to take us a little while."

The donations will serve as a "catalyst" to resume the project, but more funds will be needed to sustain operations in the long term, Randall said.

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