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A couple of months ago it seemed that the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was dead, suffocated by a lack of funding. So they took a leap of faith, and set up SETIStars – an attempt at raising $200,000 via public contributions (generally referred to as crowd-funding), in order to bring the Allen Telescope Array back online. And guess what: they reached their goal!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal of getting the ATA back online! Stay tuned for updates. We are discovering more Earth-like planets every day, so now is more critical than ever to look for extraterrestrial life. A contribution from you, today, will fund telescope scans for signs of intelligence beyond our solar system. Please donate and help us find intelligent life out there

I looked just a week or two ago and it seemed they were going to be well short of the $200,000 – so I guess they either got a big influx of contributors, or a few very big donations in the final days. Whatever the source, good to see SETI back online. Next up, my crowdfunding venture seeking $200,000 to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant…