Russian entrepreneur takes $100 million and invests it into the search for extraterrestrial life.
Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner announced a the most comprehensive program to search for signs of alien life. The Russian technology investor who happens to be also a theoretical physicist invests $100 million into a 10 year search.
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Breakthrough Listen will use the world's largest radio telescopes to scan every inch of space for signals.
"It's the most interesting technological question of our day," Milner said in an interview, noting that he became fascinated by the notion of extra-terrestrial life after reading astrophysicist Carl Sagan's "Intelligent Life in the Universe" as a 10-year-old in Moscow.
Milner gathered the support of well known scientists including Frank Drake and Stephen Hawking. The Breakthrough Listen team is led by scientists such as Peter Worden, who directed the NASA Ames Research Center before.
"If we're alone, we need to cherish what we have," Milner said at an event in London. "The message is, the universe has no backup."
The Breakthrough Listen initiative will be the largest undertaking in history searching for alien life.
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