Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Take Me To Your Leader

Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to co-ordinate our response if and when extraterrestrials make contact. Aliens who land on earth and ask: “Take me to your leader” would be directed to Mrs Othman. The proposal has been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other stars.

Mrs Othman is currently head of the UN’s little known Office for Outer Space Affairs. [No joke; I checked it out and it’s known as UNOOSA.]

She said, “The continued search sustains the hope that some day human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject.”

Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person”. Opinion is divided about how future extraterrestrial visitors should be greeted. UN members agreed to protect Earth against contamination by alien species by “sterilising” them.

Mrs Othman is understood to support a more tolerant approach. But Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that alien interlopers should be treated with caution. He said: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” London Telegraph


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