The scientist has partnered with a Russian billionaire to allocate 92 million euros for the search of intelligent life outside the Earth.
British physicist Stephen Hawking presented today at the scientific institution Royal Society of London an ambitious project to find in the Milky Way and other hundred of nearby galaxies signs of extraterrestrial life in the next ten years.
The scientist has teamed up with the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to launch the “Breakthrough Initiatives” program, which will allocated 100 million dollars over the next decade in the search for intelligent life beyond our planet.
“It’s time to commit with the search for life beyond Earth,” Hawking said. “I’m here today because I believe in the importance of this project,” said the scientist in the presentation of the initiative. “Somewhere in the cosmos, intelligent life could look at this project,” he said.
Milner, a businessman who made his fortune investing in technology companies, said for his part that he will use “The technology of Silicon Valley” in the United States, where the largest technology companies in the world are located, to “expore the sky in the search for signs of life”.
The billionaire said that the draft submitted by the famous British scientific institution, “investigate all the Milky Way and about one hundred nearby galaxies” and will “apply cutting-edge technologies, using the best telescopes in the world.”
“Today’s technology gives us a real opportunity to answer one of the biggest mysteries of mankind. Are we alone? “Said the businessman.