Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

The search for alien intelligence: SETI is dead — long live SETI

The closure of the Allen Telescope Array shifts the search for extraterrestrial intelligence away from big science.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


Additional information

M. Mitchell Waldrop is a features editor for Nature.

Related links

Related links

Related external links

SETI Institute

SETI at the Planetary Society

SETI at the University of California, Berkeley

Optical SETI at Harvard University

The cancellation of NASA's SETI programme

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Waldrop, M. The search for alien intelligence: SETI is dead — long live SETI. Nature 475, 442–444 (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing