A 56-year-old British astronaut claims that aliens exist, and they are among us on Earth. Dr Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, says, “all sorts of forms of life” are alive in the universe, but perhaps we “simply can’t see them” as they are so different from humans.
In the year 1991, in May, Helen Sharman visited the Soviet Mir Space, becoming the first to go to space. She made her historical journey in Soyuz for eight days and reached the Soviet-operated space station Mir. She was only 27 at that time, becoming one of the youngest people to enter orbit.
Expressing her opinion regarding the aliens, she said that "aliens exist, there's no two ways about it."
"There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life."
"Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not," she went on saying.
According to Ms Sharman, the body of aliens may not be made of carbon and nitrogen that are common elements of the human body. The beings may be made of some materials that are unseen by the human eye. In her interview, Sharman said there is "no greater beauty than looking at Earth from up high."
"I'll never forget the first time I saw it," she continued.
At the same time, she expressed her frustration, pointing out in the assumption that her sex defined her. "People often describe me as the first British woman in space, but I was actually the first British person. It's telling that we would otherwise assume it was a man," she said.
"When Tim Peake went into space, some people simply forgot about me. A man going first would be the norm, so I'm thrilled that I got to upset that order," she added.
Currently, she is at Imperial College in London as a chemist. Notably, she is not the first to share thoughts about aliens publicly. In 2017, a former Pentagon official agreed that there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth. He executed a secret government program to research potential UFOs. Michael Collins, one of the Apollo 11 astronauts, wrote on Twitter that he believes in life outside Earth. NASA has launched its 2020 rover to examine more about the potential of life on Mars.
Well, we have to wait for a longer time to get enough information about extraterrestrial life, which may occur outside of Earth. Till then, our speculations about the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is on a question.