Congress Is Planning To Spend Millions On Search For Aliens, UFOs


A new bill in the House of Representatives related to NASA’s funding proposes $10 million a year to search for signs of life out there.

A climate denier may be the reason the S-word is back in vogue in Congress. Oh yeah, not that S-word, the other one: SETI.

That’s right, Congress is talking about spending a bunch of money on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (or SETI) for the first time in 25 years.

In 1992, a huge NASA SETI initiative was launched with the construction of two radio telescopes (one in Puerto Rico and the other in California) to comb the cosmos for signals from alien civilizations. Just a year later, however, Nevada Sen. Richard Bryan shut it down, and “SETI” became an unmentionable. [Greetings, Earthlings! 8 Ways Aliens Could Contact Us]

“[Bryan] made it clear to the administration that if they came back with SETI in their budget again, it wouldn’t be good for the NASA budget,” renowned astronomer Jill Tarter told Marina Koren of The Atlantic.

“So, we instantly became the four-letter S-word that you couldn’t say at headquarters anymore, and that has stuck for quite a while.”

(Tarter was the director of the SETI Institute for 35 years before stepping down in 2012.)

Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has proposed a bill that includes $10 million in NASA funding for the next two years “to search for technosignatures, such as radio transmissions, in order to meet the NASA objective to search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe.” Such technosignatures would come in the form of radio waves that have the telltale features of being produced by TV- or radio-type technologies. An intelligent civilization could also produce those signals intentionally to communicate with other civilizations like ours.

“If it passes, it would definitely be a sea-change in Congressional attitude since Sen. Bryan terminated NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, in 1993,” Tarter told Live Science in an email.

She added that the funding seems to be an extension of the efforts of Rep. Lamar Smith, R–Texas, to bring attention to the search for life beyond Earth when he was the chairman of the House Science Committee. (Smith, who announced that he will retire at the end of his term this year, is a known denier of human-caused climate change.)

If the legislation clears the House and passes the Senate, the result would be huge. “It allows for new instrumentation to be built, and data collected and analyzed at scale, by a global community,” Tarter said of the $10 million.

Of course, the hunt for intelligence beyond Earth has not stopped, as private companies and other organizations have funded it, but a buy-in from the federal government is a big deal. [7 Huge Misconceptions about Aliens]

“You need to remember that this is an authorization bill, not an appropriations bill. Even if it passes, the appropriators may not provide any SETI funding in their bill. But if they do, that would be a very big deal,” said Tarter, who was the basis for the heroine Ellie Arroway in Carl Sagan’s novel “Contact” and in the adapted movie by the same name.

Tarter is admittedly ecstatic about the possibility of such a federal focus on SETI. But you don’t become the director of the SETI Institute by keeping your feet on the ground.

“Bring it on! But don’t stop there,” Tarter said about the potential funding. “Earthlings everywhere are fascinated with this search and care about the answer. So, we should create an international endowment for searching for intelligent life beyond Earth. The backers should be private individuals, enlightened corporations, U.S. federal agencies and agencies from other governments around the world.”

She added, “By smoothing out the funding roller coaster that has characterized this research field from the beginning, it will be possible to attract the best and brightest minds with the best ideas from everywhere, and commit to the long-term search efforts that might be required for success.”

Are alien greetings just around the corner? Tarter said we have the technology now to search for more distant and fainter signals in ways we haven’t tried before. “But that doesn’t guarantee success in the ‘near future.’ The cosmos is vast, and we may not yet be looking in the right way, although we are doing the best job possible with what we now know.”

The “correct perspective on timing,” Tarter said, is summed up in a line from a paper published in 1959 in the journal Nature by Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison: “‘The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search, the chance of success is zero,’” Tarter said.


TheWholeYearInn Klassenfeind Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:02 Permalink

This is fucking no different from spending MILLIONS to research GLOBAL WARMING.


Here, I'll save you all the BS and cut to the end:


1. YES! WOW! they find aliens (probably dig up a few Nazi flying saucers stashed in Antarctica)

2. OMFG! the aliens are hostile & want to kill us!

3. Get your checkbooks out (for 'billions', this time), so we can STOP IT & keep you all safe.

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Escrava Isaura bobbbny Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

Congress Is Planning To Spend Millions On Search For Aliens, UFOs


What happen to Star War? Did we finish Reagan’s ‘job’ program already?


Also, isn’t UFOs a 1960’s mumbo-jumbo to entertain the sheeple?


Anyway, hope these jobs go to the rural area so the white dudes there can get with the program, you know, stop believing in the blue ‘shitty’ color myth jobs because there’s no real growth. anymore.


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chiburashka espirit Sun, 05/13/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

Whenever SETI or the radioastronomy program got commissioned, the real purpose never was to search for extra terrestrial life out there, but always had more to do with eavesdropping below the horizon on radio transmissions from Russia or whomever America and its Jews hated. The sugar coating was for the masses. 

Its just like the moon landing hoax program who costed a humongous amount of money and coincidentally started and ended with the Vietnam war. The sugar coating was for the masses. 

Coming back to our topic, it looks like Russia  currently has an enormous advantage over the mighty USSA in radio transmissions and jamming, the like of light years ahead. Wasn't it high time someone tried to catch up with them? 


It's okay not to be a Jew.

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FBaggins Rapunzal Sat, 05/12/2018 - 17:56 Permalink

NASA proposes to send out first contact messages to all nearby solar systems in the universal digital coded language:

"We are friends. We come in peace and would like to trade with you. Look at our attached pictures of new pots and pans, toasters, and bright colored earth beads. Do not be afraid. We have no weapons and always keep our treaties. Just tell us where you are...By the way, do you have any pools of a black oily substance that burns? " 

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Boris Alatovkrap New_Meat Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Ah, yes, Ronald Ray Gun and his Star Wars program, what is such joke?! USSR is long before imaginary satellite laser cannon give up as socialism is make havoc of genuine price detection in collapsing market. You can pat back of Ronnie, but it was more Afghan Mujahadin (albeit CIA backed) that is run shoddy rough over Soviet Military in land war in asia.

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rtb61 Maghreb Sun, 05/13/2018 - 04:03 Permalink

Don't you know, it's the Galactic Broadcasting Network and their patrolling fleet, they want the programming, lots of worth in the trials and tribulations of the mud monkeys as they attempt their birth into the rest of the galaxy.

People never stop to consider how rare a transitional species is, one going from primitive planet bound to advanced galactic, how interesting it would be. How you typical everyday alien from what ever society would probably tune into the mud monkey channel at least once every earth week, to check the latest happenings. From the early Roman legion battles to the current battlefields, watching with baited breath as the mud monkeys tear themselves to pieces, keeping track of their favourites and what they are up to.

I have to say, the crazy fuck arse beliefs associated with Aliens is mind boggling, from the nonsense of us being the only ones, oh yeah, to them waiting to invade and kill the women and rape the men (they are aliens why would they do it our way, kill the men and rape the women).

Just suck it the fuck up. They are probably out there and watching every single fucking thing we do, addicted to the mud monkey channel and only worried about it coming to an end, probably be another million years before there is another transitional species. They of course would be doing every possible to not be seen and when seen, only seen because it was accepted by the Galactic Broadcasting Network as a valid anthropological experiment and extremely good for ratings. What will the mud monkeys do this time, will they still chase the UFOs with the primitive vehicles, will they try to shoot them down, will they panic, how long before their response approaches anything sane (extremely unlikely to be any stray UFOs all captured or destroyed long before they get anywhere near the earth, numbers are numbers and idiots will be idiots even alien ones).

Want to find aliens, find the most interesting place in the galaxy and they will not be very far from it. The most interesting place in the galaxy, probably our world and our attempts to progress from primitive caveman to intergalactic citizen. The rarer something is, the more possessive of it any galactic society will be and once every million years is mind boggling rare and they will take possession of it. Think the galactic child about to be born, their galaxy giving birth to the next galactic species a once in a million year event on average.

Probably other galaxies would tune in, when they do not have one happening in their locale (they all want the programming, the entertainment).

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shortonoil prymythirdeye Sun, 05/13/2018 - 07:48 Permalink

The Visitors craft have been observed, reported and recorded by over 1,000 US and British military officers over the last 70 years. The one thing that we do know for sure is that they don't want a thing to do with the monkeys on Earth; which is understandable. When is the last time that you had an uplifting, enlightening conversation with an orangutan?

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Baron Samedi bobbbny Sat, 05/12/2018 - 19:31 Permalink

Disclosure - of data (((deepblackworld))) already has - but not a limited-hangout diversionary snipe hunt controlled by the same people who have run the (expensive) dis/mis-information campaigns since at least the end of WW2! by Dr. Stephen Greer probably not too badly bent by the spooks and oil cartel who would desperately like to avoid disclosure of zero point energy and other inconvenient related topics that the peasantry (def: anyone with < $1B a$$ets) must be kept ignorant about.

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Rickety Rekt TheWholeYearInn Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

Under the assumption that we havent already recieve alien tech throughout human history... I dont underatand the idea that aliens would want to kill us or enslave us. They could get resources from any planet much large than here, clearly make advance robotics to do all their labor, and lastly I think to get a civilization to a point where travelling across space is possible, petty country vs country shit is long done so the whole war dominance thing is a giant yawn, IMO.

Everything doesnt have to be war ffs, your propaganda'd bia is showing

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