Rumors regarding the presence of alien life somewhere in the remote places of the universe have been spreading over the last tens of years, as technology has evolved and humanity has better chances to observe and analyze what could be happening outside the Earth’s boundaries.
Stephen Hawking is now involved in the “Breakthrough Initiative”, funded by a Russian billionaire. The Parkes Telescope is also featured in a new mission which is worth a $135 million investment, aimed at signaling whether alien life is indeed present somewhere in the universe. This is by far the greatest, most complex search for intelligent life ever attempted.
The mission will use cutting edge technology developed in the state-of-the-art laboratories of Sillicon Valley. Astronomers, scientists and other experts altogether will use the all the technological gear they have at their disposal to simultaneously scan ten billion radio frequencies, in search for signs of intelligent life.
The recent “Breakthrough Initiative” has a public dimension to it, as the millions of terabytes of data generated by the immense project will be made public, for anyone to analyze and claim what would be the greatest discovery in human history.
Parkes telescope, one of the best radio telescopes in the world, will work along with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Lick Observatory in California, pointing at the millions of stars closest to the Earth and the 100 closest galaxies. The highly developed pieces of technology will be programmed to listen to the telltale inconsistencies in the signal that could highlight the presence of alien technology in a far and distant reality.
Billionaire investor Yuri Milner offered all the support for the project, as he thoroughly believes that the question regarding a potential presence of alien life in the universe is one of the most important questions humanity has ever faced.
Milner declared that this mission is set to cover 10 times as much of the sky as any previous search. All human resource and gear combined will be able to process five times as much of the radio spectrum as has ever been analyzed before. The speed of processing will be 100 times higher as well.
The world’s most famous and literate astronomers and scientists have signed up to witness the mission which is already set to launch. Stephen Hawking supports a 10 year mission aimed at finding alien life, offering a highly optimistic perspective over the initiative. Expectations are anyhow low, as huge investment must still be made in order to cover large pools of spatial information. This is nevertheless the beginning of a beautiful friendship between humankind and the spheres of unknown but strongly speculated existence of alternative, extraterrestrial life.
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