A monitoring system for potential extra-terrestrial communication has been shelved due to budget cuts.
The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in California has been mothballed, according to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute.
Funding for the observatory, which hosts the ATA, has been cut to one-tenth its former level.
The Seti Institute was established in 1984 to look for life beyond Earth.
Over the years, on and off again according to how well my computer worked, I contributed computing time to Seti. The sci-fi geek inside is mourning. I can understand why in a budgetary crisis it would be cut, but still....I read somewhere that they hoped to get some funds via donations and doing work for the Air Force, but for now, the project is 'in hibernation'.