A team of researchers from Penn State University, led by astronomer Jason Wright, wants the search for ET to be part of the official agenda of the space agency and, therefore, to be funded by the US Congress.
The team of scientists has already produced a series of articles that support the idea that fellow colleagues should search the universe for a wide range of “technological signals” that can reveal the presence of alien civilizations.
The group of scientists have already written a few papers, and are penning down a few more, arguing that scientists should begin searching the universe for ‘techno signatures’; any sign of technology, from radio signals to waste heat, that could help us uncover the existence of advanced alien civilizations.
Their hope is that their work and studies will go into a report to Congress at the end of 2020 detailing the astronomical community’s priorities.
In other words, they want the scientific community to get the money they need to actively search for alien signatures.
That report, dubbed Astro 2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, will determine what gets done and what doesn’t. It will determine which telescopes fly and which studies receive federal funding through the next decade.
In other words, if their studies and papers are accepted, UFO hunting and the search for alien civilization could morph from a gigantic conspiracy, into mainstream science.
Regrettably, until now and for a long time, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has received very little funding.
The best we’ve ever done to search for alien signals can be traced back to SETI in 1960, when astronomer Frank Drake used a radio telescope in Green Bank, W.Va., to search the cosmos for potential signals coming from an intelligent alien civilization.
But the truth is that NASA didn’t start a formal SETI program until 1992. And once it did, the program was canceled within a year by Congress, who were more than skeptical about the matter.
The idea that UFO’s exist, and advanced alien civilizations are out there has been treated with the highest form of skepticism by mainstream scholars.
Despite this, progress is being made.
“The stakes are high,” explains Wright.
“If the decadal survey says, ‘SETI is a national science priority, and NSF and NASA need to fund it,’ they will do it.”
In fact, the most progress done in the search for aliens can be traced back to 2015, when Russian billionaires Yuri and Julia Milner launched the Breakthrough Initiatives and game experts the necessary tools (funding) to search for evidence of advanced alien civilizations.
However, despite this miniature progress, the truth is that the search for techno signatures still hasn’t become a more serious, self-sustaining scientific discipline, explains Wright, which is where the problem resides.
We need to stop thinking about Aliens, UFO’s and advanced alien civilizations in the cosmos as a mere conspiracy.
It’s time that scientists put on their ‘big-boy-pants’ and start investigating phenomena that until very recently have been considered unworthy of study.
“If NASA were to declare techno signatures a scientific priority, then we would be able to apply for money to work on it. We would be able to train students to do it,” Wright says.
“Then we could catch up to more mature fields of astronomy,” he says.