Monday, June 27, 2011
Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute, offered this intriguing prediction: humanity will encounter alien civilizations within the next two decades.
“The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms … Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years. They may have different colour skin, but even we have that.”
Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, Finkelstein said 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.
If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.