In a strange initiative by United Nations, it is set to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), will describe her potential new role at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
“The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials,” the Courier Mail quoted Mazlan as saying.
“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination,” she added.
Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency, said: Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”
However, he believes humanity’s first encounter with any aliens is more likely to be via radio or light signals than by beings arriving on Earth.