Britain's first astronaut has said that aliens definitely exist and that they could be living undetected among humans on Earth.
Helen Sharman was the first of seven Britons to enter space and was one of the youngest people ever to enter orbit when she was 27 years old and working as a researcher on the Soviet Mir space station in 1991. Sharman gave an interview to the Observer on Sunday where she emphasized her opinions on extraterrestrial life.
"Aliens exist, there's no two ways about it," Sharman told the publication. "There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life."
Sharman also hypothesized that aliens could be living on Earth: "Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It’s possible they’re here right now and we simply can’t see them."
Currently, NASA is preparing to launch some of its most ambitious Mars rovers to closely study the red planet and learn more about its past. NASA plans to study soil and rock samples to look for evidence of past Martian life, as well as strategize moving in the direction of figuring out how to man a human mission to Mars.
In August 2019, astronaut Michael Collins — who was on Apollo 11 with Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong — answered a question on Twitter about whether he believed in life outside of Earth, to which he responded: "Yes."
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