ESA astronaut answers the biggest question of space research: “I absolutely believe there is life in the universe”

ESA astronaut answers the biggest question of space research: “I absolutely believe there is life in the universe”

Three former US Navy officers have claimed, under oath, that the US government knows far more about UFOs than it tells the public.

While many unexplained UFO sightings over the years have been explained by natural phenomena, what the Navy allegedly saw remains a mystery.

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, who will be sent into space on Friday morning for a six-month mission, has never seen any UFOs or extraterrestrials.

But as a professional cosmic explorer and astronaut, he is deeply intrigued by the possibility of life in the universe.

We talked to Mogensen about UFOs, aliens, and the possibility of life in the universe.

The never ending question

Although Mogensen believes many of the observations can be explained by light from satellites and meteorites reflecting sunlight back to Earth, he is hopeful that there is life hiding out there.

“There’s a lot of talk about UFOs these days. How do you deal with that as an astronaut?

“I wish I could meet an alien. It would be the greatest human discovery ever. Part of the reason we want to go to Mars is because we want to understand if life could have arisen elsewhere. And Mars is an obvious place because we think there used to be water.” Liquid on Mars, so the whole question of life is one of the biggest questions that we’re working on in space research.

It is not known, of course, how many extraterrestrial civilizations could theoretically exist. Astronomers guess anything from zero to several hundred thousand.

Some scientists think it’s likely we’ll never hear from aliens, simply because they don’t exist. They reject the sight of UFOs and refer to optical illusions as an explanation.

When SpaceX, the company behind Mogensen’s futuristic launch, sent 1,600 Starlink satellites into orbit in 2019, hundreds of false UFO sightings were reported.

Other scientists believe that the possibility of UFOs and extraterrestrials is high, simply because the universe is so big that we have no way of understanding its possibilities and limits.

Mogensen shares this conviction.

Although the Danish astronaut of the European Space Agency does not believe the claim that the United States is hiding evidence of UFOs and extraterrestrials from the world, he is convinced that our planet is not the only planet that has life.

“Do you think there are UFOs and aliens?”

“I don’t think we’ve been visited by aliens, but I certainly believe there is life in the universe. The possibility of life elsewhere in the universe is high, simply because the universe is so big. I would be very deeply shocked if there weren’t life on one of the billions of other planets. Of course, this does not mean that there is intelligent life, but I would be very surprised if there were no microorganisms, plants and animals elsewhere in the universe.”

Exoplanets increase the chances of intelligent life

According to extensive research, the size of the universe and the unlimited number of planets and stars in galaxies means that the possibility of intelligent life outside Earth is relatively high.

The search for so-called exoplanets, meaning planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, has intensified in the past decade.

Some exoplanets are considered habitable because they have roughly the same mass as Earth and the right distance from the star for liquid water to exist on the surface.

The nearest planet outside the solar system is less than twenty light years away, in our cosmic “neighborhood”, which has led scientists to believe that there is life elsewhere in space.

Why should the Earth be unique?

So why haven’t we been contacted yet, when the probability of life in the universe seems to be high?

This, now known as the Fermi paradox, relies on the discrepancy between humans’ lack of evidence for intelligent extraterrestrial life and the possibility that it does, given what we know about the universe.

Roughly speaking, the Fermi paradox can be answered in two ways.

Either other civilizations do not contact us for fear of revealing their location, or because they have developed more advanced technology than radio waves that we do not have the technology to pick up signals from.

Or maybe life on Earth is unique. However, Andreas Mogensen does not believe in this.

“Not only are there billions of stars in our galaxy, there are also billions of planets outside the Milky Way. If there are so many planets, why is Earth the only place where life originated?

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