UPDATE: Well, maybe not.

The United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive 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.”

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.”

  1. MikeN says:

    Bobbo, why China? It has the most people but the aliens can’t see national boundaries. India has about the same population with 1/3 the are, so it is more dense. Bangladesh even more so.
    Or perhaps they will go to Japan or New York based on the night lights.


  2. Alfred Persson says:

    Rush Limbaugh made an excellent point, that I can only summarize as the transcript isn’t posted yet:

    “President Obama would want this, he’s got the ears for it. James Carville looks like he was born on a UFO, they can take the aliens to New Orleans for some Gumbo…

    As aliens don’t land at MIT, only at trailer parks…we have to rethink where to put Mazlan Othman office.”

  3. MikeN says:

    Shouldn’t the proper pick have been Al Gore?
    He always is blathering about ‘this planet’ like he is an alien. He walks like he is an alien wearing a human-suit. And he was born 9 months after Roswell…

  4. LDA says:

    UN denies alien ambassador plan.

    The United Nations has dismissed media reports that it is planning to appoint an ambassador to be the first point of contact with aliens.

    Britain’s Sunday Times had reported that a UN official had been given the task of co-ordinating humanity’s response if extraterrestrials make contact.

    However, the official in question, Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, says that while she likes the idea of being an alien ambassador, the job does not exist.

    – BBC

  5. Someone says:

    Wow! Anybody else experience “lost time” reading this thread?


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