Who will represent Earth, should we ever encounter an alien life form?
Superman 2 and Independence Day would imply that this responsibility falls to the President of the United States. However, reports indicate that the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has taken matters into its own hands, selecting Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman for just such an occasion:
THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earths 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”.
You'd better get practicing, Dr. Othman. Kneel before Zod!