The search for life in outer space has been put on hold. The non-profit SETI Institute no longer has the funds to search for signals from alien civilizations. Located in Northern California, near Mount Lassen, scientists there say that ending the program is the modern-day equivalent of putting "the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria into dry dock." Was the Institute anywhere near a breakthrough? We hear from SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak.
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