A million thanks go to all of our amazing SETIStars who helped the SETI Institute reach and EXCEED our very first crowdfunding goal of $200,000 to help us relaunch the Allen Telescope Array (ATA). Because of you, we can begin a targeted search of Kepler-found planets that may be excellent candidates to host intelligent life.
To all of you amazing people out there, you have proven that crowdfunding can work to support cutting edge science. And thanks to everyone who shared our collective story of success and ran with it in the media and through social networking. Together, as we develop and expand our SETIStars program, we hope that the SETIStars collective shout of support turns into a roar heard around the globe!
Since thousands of people from all around the world came together in support of this effort (around 30% of SETIStars are from outside the United States!), the team in our Center for SETI Research has been working hard planning and preparing to bring the ATA back to life.
To illuminate what has been happening at the Allen Telescope Array as part of this process, we’d like to introduce you to Jon Richards. He has been sharing updates and photos about the ATA on his setiQuest blog.
For a glimpse into the re-launch process, check out:
October 4, 2011: ATA Un-Hibernation- Report 3
Stay tuned for more updates on not only the Allen Telescope Array re-launch, but on the future of our SETIStars initiatives and how you can get more involved in supporting science that can forever change our perspective on life and our place in the universe.
And thanks again, SETIStars!