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Top 10 Government Projects Straight Out of Science Fiction

By Becky Ferreira Jan 21, 2013

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The U.S. government's relationship to aliens has been explored in many science fiction movies, and quite a few conspiracy theories. But did you know the largest initiative to contact aliens actually is the handiwork of the government? Spurred on by the mysterious "WOW signal" of 1977 (pictured), NASA scientists founded the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in 1984. However, the U.S. government stopped subsidizing SETI in 1996, so it's up to Citizen Scientists like you to keep the organization searching (check out how you can help here).

Tags: science, life, nasa, space travel, scifi, darpa

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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