Don't Give Up Hope: Earth Has Not Yet Selected an Alien Ambassador

By Jennifer Welsh | September 27, 2010 12:22 pm

alienThe truth is out there… but it’s not that Mazlan Othman is going to be our space ambassador, as recently reported by The Sunday Times (paywall) and reprinted in The Australian:

The United Nations, tackling head-on the problem of what to do if an alien says “take me to your leader”, is poised to designate a specific individual for the task…. An obscure Malaysian astrophysicist who is head of its little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa).

The story, which was widely reported over the weekend, was published on Sunday at 12:50 pm AEST (Saturday, 9:50 pm EDT). It compared Unoosa and Othman to the Men In Black and even quoted experts in space policy:

Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

The story was then picked up by The Telegraph, which published on Sunday at 11:30 am BST (Sunday, 6am EDT), discussing the details of Othman’s push for her new role:

She will set out the details of her proposed new role at a Royal Society conference in Buckinghamshire next week. The 58-year-old is expected to tell delegates that the proposal has been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other starts, which is thought to make the discovery of extraterrestrial life more probable than ever before.

From there the story spread to various other news sites, including CNET, Daily Mail, Wired.co.uk, and Time before anyone thought to actually check the facts of the Australian article. At around 8 am EDT on Monday The Guardian posted a story claiming that that Mazlan Othman has officially denied the statement:

Finally an email from Othman herself would have prompted our Martian to trudge back to his spaceship. “It sounds really cool but I have to deny it,” she said of the story. She will be attending a conference next week, but she’ll be talking about how the world deals with “near-Earth objects”. Our alien will just have to try someone else, or stop reading the Sunday Times.

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  • http://Untitledvanityproject.blogspot.com Rhacodactylus

    There is no point in planning strategies for aliens, if they do show up, it isn’t going to be like star trek, they aren’t going to be super-models with tinfoil over their left eye, they are going to be . . . what’s the word . . . oh, right ALIEN!!! Any plan we have is going to fall by the wayside.

  • Mindy Mindburger

    I think they would see the good, and view it as that, then make judgement off their own moral viewpoints. Any alien race seeking us, has made it clear they are here to help in any way we can’t possibly understand yet.

  • Postman1

    When and if beings travel here from another star, they will be much farther advanced than us. I expect they will decide who they want to talk to and when they will. Do we ask monkeys which one wants to go to the zoo? And, who knows, that might be just what they want with us, or, slave labor to strip Earth of whatever they want. No matter what, it won’t be what we want, it will be what they demand.

  • Fred

    - Giant Spaceships Heading Towards Earth ?…CNN (VIDEO): U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by UFO… (VIDEO): Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell: The UFO crash in Roswell…Pravda (Russian News): Extraterrestrial Spaceships Land and Crash on Earth Regularly…VIDEO: Aliens in the NASA Archives… UFO Disclosure 2010: The Vatican’s Key Role… Pope’s star watcher to visit Nasa (12th February 2009) and talk aliens:
    http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2010/09/former-military-personnel-to-prove-ufo.html

  • Gerdran Foreman

    I’m happy as long as it’s not Breen.

  • Anthony

    @Gerdran Foreman lol

  • Brian Too

    Yeah, but what if the aliens are like your freeloading uncle Larry? Kicked out of the house by his ex-wife, laid off from work, spending all his time watching pron on the Uninet?

    Maybe they are just looking for a house to flop at…

    Wait a minute, aren’t I describing Roger on American Dad?

  • Ancient Brit

    Does anyone remember Morons From Outer Space? That’s where we’re headed – chances are any advanced civilization is going to be in the same boat. I wonder what the alien for “Borat” is…

  • joefish

    there are DEFINATELY klingons around uranus!!!!

  • http://UniverseToday marcellus

    Postman1 has it correct. Any civilization that has contact with one far superior to it fares badly if it is not wiped out completely. Let’s hope there is so much room out there, we’ll either never be discovered or ignored if we are.

  • Peter Newton

    A typical example of the arrogance of officialdom on this planet, thinking that there should be a sanctioned plan of action in the event of extraterrestrial contact, its obviously an attempt to be in control, should an event such as this occur .

    Whatever you do don’t allow the truth of the injustice, the lies, the deceit, and the duplicitous nature of those in power, to become known to any extraterrestrial visitors, it may just tarnish their view of the human race, and that would be disastrous for those wishing to gain something for themselves from such an encounter, instead of allowing it to be a sociological event .

    Everything must be stage managed and under control folks !

  • http://premiumlipil.com Gregorio Pantone

    This is very insightful. Can I have your message quoted in my web?

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