Jodie Foster is apparently a more serious method actress than we thought. After playing a SETI scientist in the 1997 film, Contact, Mrs. Foster is now one of several celebrity donors who helped raise more than $220,000 dollars to get the defunct program up and running again. With the last American shuttle flight having left earth recently, its nice to see America’s real heroes, our movie stars, still believe space is worth exploring.
SETI, which was costing NASA $2.5 million a year, won’t be able to completely relaunch with this new seed funding, but it may be enough to get the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) out of hibernation. You can see a similar array of telescopes on the poster for Contact. Once the ATA is up and running, “the search for evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations and insight into the nature of our cosmic origins.” Read More