Swiss Government Scientist Says We May Be on the Brink of Discovering Alien Life

A scientist employed by the government of Switzerland has made a bold prediction about the discovery of alien life — and his reasoning seems pretty compelling.

As Space.com reports, Dr. Sascha Quanz of Switzerland’s state-run Swiss Federal Institute of Technology said he thinks humans are likely to discover life beyond our planet within the next 25 years.

“In 1995, my colleague [and Noble Prize laureate] Didier Queloz discovered the first planet outside our solar system,” Quanz said during the opening of the institute’s new Center for the Origin and Prevalence of Life earlier in September. “Today, more than 5,000 exoplanets are known and we are discovering them on a daily basis.”

Of those thousands of exoplanets, dozens are believed to be at least potentially habitable, with the conditions on their surface ripe for liquid water. And as he said, that number is growing all the time.

Now, these fascinating worlds are inviting closer scrutiny with advanced technology.

“We need to investigate the atmospheres of these planets,” the Swiss professor said. “We need an observational approach that would allow us to take pictures of these planets.”

Though the James Webb Space Telescope has already captured arresting images of one giant exoplanet, its primary focus is on imagery of stars and is not, as Quanz said, “powerful enough” to capture images of smaller exoplanets.

That’s where two of the astrophysicist’s projects — one giant ground-based instrument being developed as an addition to the Extremely Large Telescope that’s currently under construction in Chile, and a European Space Agency mission to study the atmospheres of exoplanets for signs of extraterrestrial life — come in.

That latter mission, known as Large Interferometer for Exoplanets or LIFE, conceived in 2017, is still in an early study phase, and has not yet received either approval or funding from the ESA, Space.com notes.

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Congress quietly says UFO threat ‘expanding,’ not all are ‘man-made’

In July, Congress quietly admitted that Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are not “man-made” and that the threat is “expanding,” burying the startling revelations in a report added to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.  The finding was first reported by Vice on Tuesday.

The report stated that the new Department of Defense (DoD) led Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office is tasked with addressing “cross-domain transmedium threats to United States national security” that “are expanding exponentially.”

Congress explained that the office should focus on objects that are not “man-made” and directed the office to send “man-made” objects to “appropriate offices,” adding that “man-made” objects “should not be considered … unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.”

“The formal DoD and Intelligence Community definition of the terms used by the Office shall be updated to include space and undersea, and the scope of the Office shall be inclusive of those additional domains with focus on addressing technology surprise and ‘‘unknown unknowns,’ the report stated. “Temporary nonattributed objects, or those that are positively identified as man-made after analysis, will be passed to appropriate offices and should not be considered under the definition as unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena.”

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Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Could Account For Some UFO Sightings: Russian Space Chief

Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that some sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), colloquially referred to as UFOs, could be attributable to extraterrestrial intelligent life.

Rogozin said in a Russian televised interview, aired on June 11, that the Russian Academy of Sciences had been investigating and gathering information about UFO sightingsAbout 99.9 percent of the sightings were determined to be atmospheric or other physical phenomena and were unrelated to any kind of potentially intelligent life, he said.

But we accept that such phenomena could exist,” Rogozin also noted, according to a translation by Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.

He also said he has read and viewed reports by Soviet test-pilot veterans, about what they witnessed during flights in the 1970s.

“What we’re talking about usually took place during the first test fights,” he said, according to a translation by state-controlled media outlet RT. He said he had also received similar information from the United States’ space agency NASA, the outlet reported.

The Russian space agency chief acknowledged that some people support the idea that human beings may be the objects of observation by other intelligent life forms, similar to how humans study microbes.

Rogozin’s comments come about a month after a public U.S. congressional hearing was held on UFOs, the first such hearing in over 50 years.

Scott Bray, the deputy director of Naval Intelligence, showed lawmakers two videos of UFOs but said he did not have an explanation for the objects seen in the videos.

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China says it may have detected aliens, then deletes report

There’s something out there — maybe.

China’s science ministry said this week that it picked up signs of alien life on the world’s largest radio telescope — then appeared to quickly delete a report about the discovery.

The country’s powerful Sky Eye telescope detected electromagnetic signals of possible civilizations on other planets,  according to a report published Tuesday in Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

“[There were] several cases of possible technological traces and extraterrestrial civilizations from outside the earth,” the report said.

The team of researchers, headed by the Beijing Normal University, said the mysterious frequencies were unlike anything they’d previously encountered and were investigating further, according to the report.

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Famed British Astronaut Suggests UFOs Could Be Extraterrestrial

A famed British astronaut recently offered a rather remarkable opinion on the UFO phenomenon when he suggested that the mysterious objects seen by American Navy pilots appear to be extraterrestrial in nature. Col Tim Peake became something of a household name in England after serving more than six months aboard the ISS and, during that time, made history as the first Briton to ever perform a spacewalk. Since his return to Earth, the astronaut has appeared on numerous television programs to discuss his experiences as well as the latest happenings surrounding space exploration, which is how the topic of UFOs came up when Peake was a guest on the show Good Morning Britain earlier this week.

Asked for his thoughts on the considerable amount of discussion concerning unidentified flying objects currently unfolding here in America, Peake mused that “I think it’s interesting that the US Government has made this public,” noting both last summer’s Pentagon report on UAPs as well as last month’s Congressional hearing on the phenomenon. Observing that the phenomenon is “still very much unexplained,” Peake opined that “it’s a good thing there are discussions being had, and that this information is being made available.” As for what these objects could be, the astronaut provided an answer which likely raised eyebrows among UFO enthusiasts.

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NASA may provoke alien invasion, scientists warn

Scientists at the UK’s Oxford University have reportedly sounded an alarm over plans by NASA to broadcast location data and other information into space, warning that the effort could have dangerous unintended consequences, including triggering an alien invasion.

At issue is the planned “Beacon in the Galaxy” (BITG), a broadcast of data by a NASA-led team of researchers with the aim of greeting “extraterrestrial intelligences.” The US space agency wants to beam the signal from the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope array in California and China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). It would include such information as the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the Solar System’s time-stamped position in the Milky Way, digitized images of humans and an invitation for extraterrestrials to respond.

Anders Sandberg, a senior researcher at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), argued that such a broadcast could be risky. In the unlikely event that an alien civilization receives the message, he said, the response might not be just a friendly greeting.

The search for alien life has a “giggle factor” around it, Sandberg told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper in an article published on Sunday. “Many people refuse to take anything related to it seriously, which is a shame because this is important stuff.”

Another FHI scientist at Oxford, Toby Ord, has suggested that there should be public discussion before sending signals to aliens. Even listening for incoming messages could be dangerous, he added, as they could be used to entrap Earthlings. “These dangers are small but poorly understood and not yet well managed,” he said.

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Secret documents show Pentagon investigated how to communicate with a possible 4,590 space civilizations

Recently released and formerly secret United States files revealed that the Department of Defense (DOD) has investigated the best possible path to get in touch with aliens and speak with a possible 4,590 extraterrestrial civilizations.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document, which was acquired by the Sun as part of a huge Freedom of Information request, is a scientific research into SETI, which is an acronym for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

The report, which was sanctioned by the U.S. government, said its goal is to “ascertain whether alien civilizations exist in the universe, how far from us they exist and possibly how much more advanced than us they may be.”

“As of 2009, the only physical tools we know that could help us get in touch with aliens are the electromagnetic waves an alien civilization could emit and we could detect,” the report added.

However, with the current technology, the government cannot explore for aliens “beyond a few hundred light-years away.” It also said that in the past 50 years of SETI searches, no extra-terrestrial civilization was found because “quite simply we did not get far enough.”

Contact with aliens “demands the construction of much more powerful and radically new radio telescopes,” which the files said were being planned and should have been finished around 2020.

The report focused on how distant alien civilizations are and how long it will take humans to arrive there.

It assumed that there could be 4,590 extraterrestrial communities in the universe and the distance of the closest one is probably between 1,933 and 2,670 light-years away in accordance with advanced calculations from the former and current. 

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