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Deep Sky Group to Expand Search
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

For Immediate Release

LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., January 24, 1996 -- The non-profit SETI League, Inc., leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, is upgrading its research facility, thanks to a generous donation of microwave test equipment from Merrimac Industries of West Caldwell, NJ. The equipment will enable The SETI League to establish a microwave circuit design laboratory, to be used in conjunction with its search for radio signals of possible intelligent extra-terrestrial origin.

Eugene W. Niemiec, Merrimac's president and chief executive officer, donated several hundred pounds of computers, signal generators, signal analyzers and accessories to SETI League president Richard Factor for use at The SETI League's Little Ferry, NJ headquarters. "It's Merrimac Industries' pleasure to help support this project," states Niemiec. "There's no doubt in my mind that there's someone out there. When SETI succeeds in finding other civilizations in the cosmos, it will change our world forever."

The SETI League Laboratory will be used to develop hardware and software for Project Argus, which has been called the most ambitious space research project ever attempted without Government funding. This real-time microwave survey of the entire Galaxy will ultimately involve 5,000 amateur radiotelescopes deployed worldwide.

SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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