Russian billionaire Yuri Milner shared the stage with Stephen Hawking to make the announcement. Milner has pledged to donate $100 million over the next ten years. The funding will help gain access to two of the largest and most powerful telescopes in the world, the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in Australia.
(Why don’t they just use the benevolent Vatican’s telescope and save some money?)
(That’s a lot to pay for what should only require copying fees for a FOIA request.)