Cutbacks in funding force 'ET-hunting telescopes' to close
The multi-million dollar American Seti Institute has fallen victim to government cuts.
It has had to shut down a series of telescopes that have been scanning the universe for extra-terrestrial communications.
Dr Seth Shostak is senior astronomer at the institute, and he told BBC Radio 5 live' Tony Livesey: "We don't have the operating funds to keep the telescopes going.
"It's a bit like sending Captain Cook out into the Pacific, but not being able to afford the hardtack and the grog!
"We might go for a very long time without making a very important discovery."
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