Space & Astronomy
'No way we are alone', says UK space exploration boss
By T.K. Randall
March 11, 2023 · 70 comments
Head of space exploration Libby Jackson. Image Credit: YouTube / National Space Centre
The head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency remains adamant that we are not alone in the universe.
41-year-old Libby Jackson, who was awarded an OBE in 2022 for "services to the space sector", was speaking in a recent interview when she commented on the question of whether or not extraterrestrial life is likely to exist somewhere out in the cosmos.
"With billions of galaxies there's no way that we are the only life form," she said.
"Scientists will certainly have more answers in the coming decades. I need to make sure that the UK is playing its part and that what we learn from space benefits people on Earth."
Jackson is not the only British space expert to think this way - another prominent proponent of the idea that there is alien life out there is former astronaut Dr Helen Sharman who in 1991 became, not only the first British person in space, but also the first woman to visit Russia's Mir space station.
"Aliens exist, there's no two ways about it," she said back in 2020. "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. It's possible they're here right now and we simply can't see them."
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