Back in April, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute
was forced to switch off the 42 radio telescopes it uses to listen for transmissions from other worlds. After losing funding from UC Berkely, the Allen Telescope Array (ATA)
was just too costly to operate. Thankfully, more than 2,400 people chipped in and raised over $214,000 to be get the program back online and searching the skies by September.
The list of donors is impressive. In addition to thousands of everyday folks the list includes the Ringworld
author Larry Niven
, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders
, and actress Jodie Foster
who portrayed a SETI researcher in the film Contact
With one day left in this round of fundraising, the SETI Institute has raised nearly $15,000 more than they originally planned.