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Astronomer Royal - Aliens Floating In Space?

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 07:24:21 +0200
Fwd Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 09:31:54 -0400
Subject: Astronomer Royal - Aliens Floating In Space?

Source: BBC Cambridgeshire,




Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK


Alien life could be out there


Could aliens exist as free-floating insects?


England's Astronomer Royal says he believes aliens could exist,
possibly as balloon-like creatures floating in dense

Professor Sir Martin Rees, a leader in understanding the birth
and structure of the Universe, says he remains enthusiastic
about the search for alien life.

But, in a speech on Thursday, he said that attempts to find them
had suffered, in particular, from "flakey" associations with

Professor Rees also said we should stop transmitting messages to
outer space and instead, listen for signals from
super- intelligent computers in the form of strings of prime
numbers or digits.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridge he said: "You might find
intelligent life so far away that signals take maybe 10 or 20
years [to get here] - so if we detect the life then we can
listen for their signals.

"But there's no scope for snappy repartee, as it were, because
to send a signal there and back would take decades."

Sir Martin believes life could exist in the form of balloon-
  like creatures the size of insects which might float freely in

His thoughts were made public in a speech to the Royal Society
of Medicine (RSM) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of
Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Other topics touched on what astronomers would be able to tell
us 20 years from now, about life on planets in other solar
systems and the long-range future for human life.

He also delved into the possibility of multiple universes, where
"what we call the laws of nature would be no more than local

Notwithstanding his comments, Professor Rees describes himself
in general as "agnostic" as to whether life exists beyond the
Earth's atmosphere.



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