A top Russian astronomer says humans will make contact with alien life in the next two decades – but “they may have different colour skin”.
“Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,” Russian Academy Of Sciences Applied Astronomy Institute director Andrei Finkelstein said.
“The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms.”
Ten per cent of known planets circling suns in the galaxy resembled Earth, so Mr Finkelstein said it was inevitable that life could be found there, The Sun has reported.
“At an international forum dedicated to the search for spacemen, he also said that aliens would most likely resemble humans, with two arms, two legs and a head,” The Sun said.
“Finkelstein went on to say that he believes those looking for evidence of extra-terrestrial life have been doing it the wrong way.
“Most scientists searching have been scouring the galaxy for radio signals sent out by alien civilisations. He insists it should be us who should be making the contact with them and not the other way round.”
Source: The West Australian [June 29, 2011]