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Congress to extend a huge amount for SETI endeavors

The Congress is reportedly putting forth a new bill for the funding purposes of NASA. As per the reports, Congress will be extending a sum of ten million dollars for the missions related to extraterrestrial life search. This decision of the Congress to fund SETI has come up for the initial time in twenty-five years.

If the bill gets its required consent, it would finance the efforts of the space agency NASA in locating technosignatures like the radio transmissions for seeking the evolution, origination, and distribution of alien life. It would also study the future of extraterrestrial life in the world. These technosignatures are basically proof of radio or television waves that may be generated in some distinct place in the universe by the intelligent civilizations. The space agency targeted at the SETI program, back in the year 1992, when the Congress had helped it by financing a pair of big telescopes for seeking the signals from the aliens. Nevertheless, the program did not stand to be successful and ceased after a “Nevada Senator” urged to withdraw funding calling it to be “The Great Martian Chase.”

The noted astronomer Jill Tarter who directed the SETI initiatives for around thirty-five years told that Nevada Senator Richard Bryan explained the administration that if they started the SETI program again then it would not stand any better for the budget of NASA. Tarter said that for this reason, they had to immediately curtain down the program.

Tarter said that if this proposed bill of the Congress passes then it would bring about a big change in the attitude of Congress, since Nevada Senator Richard Bryan had stopped the SETI initiative of NASA, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, in the year 1993. Jill Tarter further added that the clearance of the bill would bring in the chance for new equipment to be developed.

Tarter said that mankind now has the technology for analyzing the more fainter and far off signals in newly developed ways. Tartar explained that, however, the success is not guaranteed to be achieved soon as space is vast and none of the researchers are sure if they are searching at the right place. Tarter added that though the scientists would be putting their best foot forward and doing great jobs, the chances of success yet cannot be estimated and that for any chance to develop the mission needs to get started at the first place.

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