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The Big Ear Radio Observatory scientists received recognition by the ''Guinness Book of Records'' for conducting the longest search for extraterrestrial life. Unfortunately for the scientists and the Big Ear Radio Telescope, land developers purchased the land that the observatory sat upon in 1983. In 1997, the developers ordered the closure of the observatory, so that they could expand a golf course and construct several hundred homes on the site. The developers demolished the Big Ear Radio Observatory in 1998.