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Microwave Observing Project (MOP)

9010-034

  

Project Goal: To carry out a search for microwave signals of extraterrestrial intelligent origin.

 

Project Objectives:

1. To use existing large radio telescopes to carry out a Targeted Search of about 800 nearby solar-type stars with high spectral resolution (1 Hz) and sensitivity (2 x 1026 to 7 x 1024 m2/W) over the frequency range from 1 to 3 GHz. (Ames Research Center)
   
2. To use the 34 m telescopes of NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) to carry out a Sky Survey that will examine the whole sky at moderate spectral resolution (30 Hz) and sensitivity (5 x 1022 to 5 x 1021 m2/W) over the frequency range from 1 to 10 GHz. (JPL)

 

Duration: 1990 - 1999.

 

Cost: $12.1 million for starters.

 


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