Image from the 1951 move "The Day the Earth Stood Still."  Credit: IMBD.com
Image from the 1951 move "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Credit: IMBD.com

Astrobiology, Extrasolar Planets

UN May Appoint Ambassador to Visiting Aliens

27 Sep , 2010 by

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UPDATE: OK, this seemed like a cool story, reported by many news sources, but apparently, it isn’t true. The Discovery Discoblog has the details. . I guess there was a truth abduction.

If aliens ever visit Earth and actually do use the time-worn phrase, “Take me to your leader,” or if a SETI search ever finds a signal of an alien civilization saying “hello,” there may be someone ready and waiting to respond. The United Nations is considering selecting a special ambassador to be the first point of contact for aliens wishing to communicate with Earth. Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist and currently head of the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is expected to be named to the position.

“Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person,” said Richard Crowther, in an article in the UK newspaper, the Telegraph.

Crowther is an expert in space law at the UK space agency who leads delegations to the UN. Reportedly, the plan to make UNOOSA the coordinating body for dealing with alien encounters will be debated by UN scientific advisory committees and should eventually reach the body’s general assembly.

The proposal is said to have been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds extrasolar planets, which makes the discovery of extraterrestrial life more probable than ever.

Ms. Othman said in a recent talk to fellow scientists, “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

But will visiting ET’s be greeted with open arms, or with a conditional sterilization? Under the Outer Space Treaty written in 1967, (which UNOOSA oversees) UN members agreed to protect Earth against contamination by alien species by “sterilizing” them. Reportedly, Othman supports a more tolerant approach.

But physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that aliens should be treated with caution.

“I imagine they might exist in massive ships,” he said, “having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” Alien abduction would be the least of our worries.

In the meantime, US citizens wishing to be ‘ambassadors’ for space exploration should consider joining JPL’s Solar System Ambassador program. This is a great program (which I am honored to participate in) to spread the word about the wonders of excitement of space exploration and science. Find out more at the SSA website, and if interested, the program is now taking applications for new ambassadors. Hurry, as applications are being taken until September 30, 2010.

Source: The Telegraph

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.



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vagueofgodalming
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September 27, 2010 11:48 AM

I think Tim Lambert has the right take

His question regarding the Australian works equally well for the Daily Telegraph.

UT is better than this.

EarthlingX
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September 27, 2010 10:22 AM

It is not true, yet :
http://bit.ly/cfGLOB

Aqua4U
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September 27, 2010 10:33 AM
HeyNOW! This seems to be an extension of earlier US gov’t attempts at appointing refutable scientists to panels charged with creating a credible response if and when we where ever contacted by aliens races. This was back in the mid-late 1960’s. Back then, Dr. John C. Lily was involved in attempts to communicate with dolphins and/or other cetacean residents on Earth. He attempted to put together a consensus into how to communicate were we to be contacted. His experiences with Dolphins started with typical, at the time, dissection and brain wave analysis with then primitive EEG machines. His experiments were widely discredited when he used LSD with his dolphins and sensory deprivation chambers (A NASA interest examining how… Read more »
Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
September 27, 2010 2:27 PM

This is not out of line with what I have predicted for the near future. Here we have the release of news reports about an ET ambassador at the UN. It did not go far. However, I have thought that before long there will be some cyber-multi-media program to convince millions of people Jesus has returned. The same could of course be done with aliens landing, but Jesus is a bigger figure in most people’s minds. This little report is a sort of mini-short along those lines, and there have been others. There must be some cyber-hoaxers out there who could create a decent appearance of something like this.

LC

Uncle Fred
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Uncle Fred
September 27, 2010 3:07 PM

Lol.

I’m surprised some “Return of Jesus” type”event” hasn’t happened already. Surely someone somewhere would have something to gain from creating such a media splash and the resulting cult following. At the very least, it would certainly be more believable and life-changing for many people then it’s alien version.

Aqua4U
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September 27, 2010 3:41 PM

Ha HA Ha…. a ‘fake’ story eh? Funny that…

Aqua4U
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September 27, 2010 3:44 PM

Umm… my earlier comment did not state that Dr. John C. Lily was actually appointed to a panel for determining a response to contact… he was.

Aqua4U
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September 27, 2010 3:50 PM

http://www.floatdreams.com/johnclilly.htm

Hmm…. no mention of his work with the US gov’t project to establish protocols for *.coms with aliens. Interesting…?

jimhenson
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jimhenson
September 28, 2010 1:08 AM
The United Nations is planning on spending and wasting more taxpayer dollars on a job that requires no knowledge and no qualification skills. The ambassador will betray the poor in society, and kiss up to the aliens, with hopes to further enslave and control mankind. The free election system is broken in the world, and these kinds of positions need to remain vacant empty to prevent corruption because who ever is runs and is elected in politics is a criminal who believes they must spend taxpayer money on policies that they support and get favors for by lobbyists. Only by stopping elections, having empty ballots and empty seats in congress, can there truely be freedom in the world.… Read more »
HeadAroundU
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September 27, 2010 7:14 PM

Let’s appoint Ivan3man for the job so he can spellcheck them or someone sexy like our Nancy. grin grin grin

RUF
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RUF
September 27, 2010 9:56 PM

Well now, there’s a useful purpose for the UN. I knew eventually we would find a use for it….

RUF
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RUF
September 27, 2010 10:00 PM

Communication should not be difficult — In the US, most of our aliens speak Spanish.

RUF
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RUF
September 27, 2010 10:04 PM

Should we start with “Klaatu barada nikto”???

jimhenson
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jimhenson
September 28, 2010 7:07 AM

to name just a few who tried to be Christ includes the Jones town church suicides, and the Mason criminal. both claimed to be Jesus Christ, and impersonators are trying to be Christ everyday to get fame and money if they could. the bible predicts Christ’s return only after the anti-christ has ruled earth for ~7 years. So anybody who can convince enough people that they are Jesus Christ will be the anti-christ and fulfill scripture. Nobody will believe a media campaign that someone is Jesus Christ unless they can do miracles like heal people and walk on water, because all the fanatics are looking for the anti-christ to appear today.

Paul Eaton-Jones
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September 27, 2010 11:42 PM

Good grief. The UN can’t even broker a discussions between Palestine and Israel what chance they’d get it right between earthlings and aliens. And the UN is the best thing we have!!!

dwdeclare
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dwdeclare
September 28, 2010 4:50 AM

i nominate ringo starr as our ambassador

Tom Nicolaides
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September 28, 2010 5:22 AM

Klaatu Barada Nikto.

Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
September 28, 2010 10:28 AM
Dwdeclare: One of Ringo Star’s albums has a “Day the World Stood Still” motif on the cover. As for Jesus’ returning, frankly I no more believe that sort of thing than I believe Santa Claus comes on Christmas. Of course there are a lot of people who believe this sort of thing. There are a variety of these types. Most just watch and wait, and see the moral decay of the world as a sign of His soon coming. A few have ideas we need to do something to bring Jesus here, and some political types have suggested a big war might do the trick — and they might take the Whitehouse in 2012. We might want to… Read more »
Tony Trenton
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Tony Trenton
September 28, 2010 3:48 PM

The late great Arthur C. Clark ‘ s early work called ‘Childhood’s end ‘ Is a must read for all of you.
He had a prophetic tendency.

Maybe we are being prepared psychologically for the first announcement ?

jimhenson
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jimhenson
September 29, 2010 9:14 AM

it takes a lot of faith that Christ will return after 2,000 years, objective classical science is based on an observer interpretations of external reality including billions of galaxies, each having billiions of stars, including exoplanet discoveries… Surely aliens we rationalize live sinfully too, and need God’s savior Jesus Christ to avoid damnation, but likely have not heard about God’s son. What if an advanced alien civilization had a different savior who died on their planet in of course their bodily form? It would mean nothing to us, in fact it would degrade us as superior to anything that crawls on the earth, swims in the water, flies thru the air (the bible)

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