Alien encounters ‘within twenty years’

A top Russian astronomer says he expects humans to encounter extraterrestrial civilizations within the next two decades.

Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, Andrei Finkelstein said 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.

“If water can be found there, then so can life,” he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs, and a head—despite life on Earth being so diverse it includes such things as fungus, elephants, and clams.

Even though astounding differences can be found in the living creatures of Earth, a single planet, aliens in the the Universe will be very much like us, Finkelstein insisted. “They may have a different color skin, but even we have that,” he said. “Besides, haven’t you guys seen Star Trek?”

He then fashioned an antenna out of a coat hanger, placed it on his head, and lit up the 9th joint of the morning.


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