Update -From the X File Dept: UN Denies ‘Extraterrestrial Ambassador’ Appointment

Discovery_chan_id1_04a The United Nations will not appoint an ambassador to greet extraterrestrials if and when they contact humanity. According to worldwide reports, 58-year-old Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, head of the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs, was to be given the role, provided UN scientific advisory committees and the General Assembly grant approval. However, the Guardian has reported that Othman is quashing the suggestion. 

"It sounds really cool but I have to deny it," Othman reportedly said in an email cited by the Guardian. "The continued search for extraterrestrial communication… sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials," The Australian quoted Othman. "When we do, we should have in place a co-ordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such co-ordination."

Via The Guardian.com


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