LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., June 8, 1995 -- The scientist who conducted the first microwave Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in 1960 has endorsed the efforts of local entrepreneurs to privatize the search. Dr. Frank Drake, now Professor of Astronomy at the University of California at Santa Cruz, lauded The SETI League, Inc., in a recent interview in the San Francisco Examiner.
Throughout history amateur astronomers have often made scientific contributions -- for example, by counting meteors and observing so-called "variable" stars. Drake thinks there's a chance the amateur SETI buffs could also achieve their dream: to hear the first greetings from space. "You never know!" Drake says with a chuckle. "[The SETI League's] plans are quite reasonable. It's not flaky stuff like the UFO people."
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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