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小编摘要:今年4月,由于美国政府削减拨款,搜寻外星文明研究所被迫停止运行艾伦天文望远镜。这家研究所随后呼吁社会捐款,迄今募集到的资金超过20万美元。

导读:今年4月,由于美国政府削减拨款,搜寻外星文明研究所被迫停止运行艾伦天文望远镜。这家研究所随后呼吁社会捐款,迄今募集到的资金超过20万美元。研究所主管托马斯·皮尔逊说:“要想弄明白银河系是否存在除人类外的智能生命,搜寻外星文明研究所和艾伦天文望远镜可以提供最好的支持。”

Telescopes looking for extra terrestrial intelligence should re-open within weeks after donors replaced income lost in public funding cuts.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, had to shut the $30m (£18.3m) Allen Telescope Array in April.

Donors, including actress Jodie Foster, raised more than $200,000 (£122,000).

The 42 radio telescopes, in northern California, search space for potential signals from alien life forms.

Ms Foster was one of more than 2,400 people who contributed to the fund to save the Allen Telescope Array. She played the lead role of an astronomer looking for evidence of aliens in the 1997 film Contact.

Science Fiction into Science Fact
 
In a statement on the fund-raising website she explained her support: "The Allen Telescope Array could turn science fiction into science fact but only if it is actively searching the skies."

Another donor was the Apollo 8 astronaut, Bill Anders.

The SETI Institute says the fund should be enough to keep the telescopes operating until the end of the year, though the plan is still dependent on the institute receiving money from the US Air Force to track space debris that could damage satellites.

SETI Institute Astronomer Seth Shostak told BBC News, the deal with the Air Force is not yet done but he said he is fairly confident it will go through. Even then the money will need to be ratified by Congress and so there may be a delay. He hopes the array will re-open in September or October.

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2011-08-17 17:11 编辑:Day_Day_Up1990
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