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Search for aliens breakthrough: Earth could make 'first contact' with aliens this century


Professor and author David Whitehouse made the extraordinary prediction on Sky News this afternoon. He claimed that the universe is “teeming with life” and that evidence of this could well be around the corner. The conversation arose when Sky host Kay Burley asked: “Would it not be conceited of us to think we are the only planet that has a life form?”

Agreeing vehemently, Mr Whitehouse replied: “Oh yes, absolutely.

“I don’t think we’ve got evidence from aliens here but the big lesson in astronomy over the last 25 years is that there are planets around almost every star we can see in the sky.

“We didn’t know that before.

“And many of these planets are going to be Earth-like, around stars like our sun.

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“So the sites for life to grow, to originate and develop are an uncountable number.

“So out there there’s got to be intelligent life.

“There’s got to be somebody like you and I in a studio somewhere talking about space missions – an infinite number of them.

“I’m sure the universe is teeming with life.

On July 16, 1969 Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were blasted off into space on a mission like no other, aiming to put mankind on the moon for the first time.

Among a number of events to mark the occasion, the vice president hosted the unveiling of Armstrong’s spacesuit, which is back on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for the first time in 13 years.

In a speech watched by the late astronaut’s wife, son and grandson, Mr Pence praised Armstrong’s courage and “incredible accomplishment”.

The commander died in August 2012 at the age of 82, following complications from a cardiovascular procedure.

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