Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut recently said that alien lifeforms that are impossible to spot may be living among us.
Sharman is not only a former astronaut, but she is also currently a research chemist at the Imperial College of London, so she is hardly a “space cadet!”
Sharman, now 56, became the first Briton in space when she visited the Mir space station in May 1991. Her trip was made possible by a private program called Project Juno and paid for jointly by the USSR and a consortium of British companies. While her trip into space was brief, now Professor Sharman has a vast understanding of astrobiology and the universe.
The respected space explorer has claimed that not only is life probably common across the cosmos, but invisible aliens could already be here on Earth. In a recent interview, Dr. Sharman told the Observer Magazine, “Aliens exist, there are no two ways about it. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe, that there must be all sorts of forms of life.”
She then went on to say, “Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It’s possible they’re right here right now and we simply can’t see them.”
Other scientists were quick to explain what Sharman meant by that. She did not mean to imply that there could be intelligent invisible aliens walking around stalking our every move. But, rather that there could exist alongside our own, a “shadow biosphere” populated by microscopic alien creatures whose life forms and biochemistry are so radically different from our own we can’t study or even notice them because they are outside of our comprehension.
Speaking of her time in space, Dr. Sharman said, “There’s no greater beauty than looking at the Earth from up high – and I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. After take-off, we left the atmosphere and suddenly light streamed in through the window. We were over the Pacific Ocean. The gloriously deep blue seas took my breath away.”
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