Help save the Arecibo Observatory

The Aribeco Observatory — the world’s largest radio telescope — is an essential tool for basic scientific research. It’s the home base for SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, and the source of data for the SETI@home program.

Founded in 1963, the Puertan Rican facility is well known for its affiliation with Cornell University and the late Carl Sagan, who used its 1000-foot-wide dish for many research projects.

I received this message today from the SETI@home team at the Univ. of California, Berkeley.

If you believe in the importance of astronomy and basic science research, your support only costs a few pennies, and could make a universe of difference.

Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest radio telescope and the source for the SETI@home data that your computer analyzes, faces massive budget cuts that will END its ability to continue the search for life beyond Earth. The decision to ensure full funding currently rests upon votes in Congress on Senate Bill S. 2862 and House Resolution H.R. 3737. These bills desperately need more support.

Please take a moment to help us SAVE ARECIBO.

Clicking the link below will direct you to a web page that allows you print out letters prepared for your Senators and Congressional Representative urging them to support Arecibo. Printing and mailing the letters is really easy, too! You will also have the chance to add a few personal thoughts, if you wish, to let your Senators and Representative know why this funding is important to you! And if you’re really feeling passionate about saving Arecibo, please use these
letters as the basis for letters you write yourself, urging your congressmen and women to vote to save Arecibo.

Because our representatives in Congress rarely give much attention to all the email they receive, printing out and MAILING these letters via standard U.S. Postal mail remains our best option for contacting them and our best hope for saving Arecibo (The second best option is to call your representatives). Your 42 cent stamps on these letters could help us get the millions of dollars needed to save Arecibo.

Our search cannot continue without the necessary support. Your work, as SETI@home participants, represents an indispensable resource for conducting the search. Now, we need your help to ensure that our other most valuable resource – our eyes and ears to the cosmos – can continue to probe the universe as we seek to answer the question: Is there anybody out there?

Thank you for your help,

The SETI@home Team

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