Astronomer Margaret Trumbull of the Carnegie Institute of Washington came up with two lists: one consisting of the nearby stars most likely to hold intelligent life, the other of the nearby stars most likely to harbor an Earth-like planet. She believes we should study the first with SETI radio telescopes, the second with next-generation space telescopes powerful enough to see those planets through the glare of their parent stars. Unfortunately, though, funding for the Terrestrial Planet Finder, just such a telescope, was recently slashed. Indeed, the proposed NASA space science budget for 2007 is down 15 percent from 2005. The astrobiology budget is down by 50 percent in that same time frame. Wanna see E.T. before 2050? Write your representative.