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SETI finds funding and returns to searching for aliens

By Mathew Luschek
|  Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:28 PM PDT
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After an eight month hiatus, scientists have returned to scanning the skies for extraterrestrials.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, had shut down it's Hat Creek, CA radio dishes in April after funding fell short, but the organization was able to raise $200,000, and fired up its equipment yesterday.

The New York Times reports that at 6:18a.m. (PST) Monday, the array of radio dishes went back online.

Under the new financial plan, in addition to public funding, the organization will share the dishes with the Air Force, which will use the equipment for tracking satellites and space garbage.

The announcement falls on the heels of NASA's discovery of an Earth-like planet found in a "habitable zone."

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