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Monday, September 27, 2010

United Nations to Appoint Alien Ambassador: Now appears to be science fiction?

UPDATE: The Guardian is reporting that the story about an alien ambassador being appointed by the United Nations is rubbish. Oh well, it did sound rather interesting. Maybe The Times of London had better check their alien sources.

Posted Saturday: The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is expected to appoint an astrophysicist to spearhead an effort to develop protocols for "first contact" with potential alien civilizations among the hundreds of New Worlds being found around remote stars.

Mazlan Othman, 58-year-old Malaysian, plans to make UNOOSA the coordinating body for dealing with alien encounters. She has the potential to become the Earth's first theoretical 'space ambassador.' The United Nations scientific advisory committees will debate the proposal, and if approved, the United Nations will take-up the policy position. [video]

"The continued search for extraterrestrial communication sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials," Othman said. "When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject." [video]

The Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact by anyone of the hundreds of exo-planets being discovered by a host of orbiting and ground-based telescopes. [video]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was bummed out that the story turned out to be false, here is a funny joke I saw about the United Nations appointing an alien ambassador, http://ponderingstuff.com/2010/11/13/no-alien-ambassador-for-the-united-nations/