Lawmakers in the House of Representatives recently proposed legislation for NASA’s future that includes some intriguing language. The space agency, the bill recommends, should spend $10 million on the “search for technosignatures, such as radio transmissions” per year, for the next two fiscal years.
The House bill—should it survive a vote in the House and passage in the Senate—can only make recommendations for how agencies should use federal funding. But for SETI researchers like Tarter, the fact that it even exists is thrilling. It’s the first time congressional lawmakers have proposed using federal cash to fund SETI in 25 years.
My Two Cents
As you can see, I have a personal interest in Hat Creek Radio Observatory continuing to operate and do astronomy. I spent one amazing, life-changing summer there losing my ignorant ideas about science, so I want it to stay there, doing what it does, for as long as possible.