A Mountain View group is reluctantly taking a break from its world-famous search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is placing its array of 42 alien-seeking satellite dishes into "hiberation" due to a lack of government and donor funding, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"We have the radio antennae up, but we can't run them without operating funds," SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak told the newspaper. "This is about exploration, and we want to keep the thing operational. It's no good to have it sit idle."