The famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, has found a very generous billionnaire Russian investor, Uri Milner, to help him with a $100 million project that seeks to find extra terrestrial life. The two men plan to incorporate Silicone Valley technology to explore the milky way and 100 nearby galaxies in a project called “Breakthrough: Listen.”
Researches working on Breakthrough will use the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia (USA), the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and the optical telescope at Lick Observatory in California. The project is expected to take 10 years to complete. According to Stephen Hawking aliens and extra terrestrial life are probably out there. During Breakthrough’s launch, Hawking spoke with the British Academy of Sciences about the importance of the research and said:
“In an infinite universe, there must be other cases of life. Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps intelligent life might be watching these lights of ours, aware of what they mean. Or do our lights wander a lifeless cosmos, unseen beacons announcing that, here on one rock, the universe discovered its existence? Either way, there is no better question. It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. The Breakthrough initiatives are making that commitment. We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know. A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead of us. If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.”
It was in 2010 when Hawking made his first controversial speech about aliens, which he predicted would be hostile and destructive towards humans:
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”
We can only wait and see what the research turns up. Many Americans and people around the world believe that aliens exist. Many others think the idea of extra terrestrial life is ridiculous. Soon, we may have the answers.