Aliens exist and may already be here on Earth – we just cannot see them says first Briton in space Helen Sharman

Aliens exist and may already be on earth, but we just cannot see them, the first Briton in space Dr Helen Sharman has said.

The female cosmonaut, 56, said that there ‘must’ be other sorts of life out there as there are so many billions of stars and solar systems. 

She was first launched into orbit in 1991 as part of a Soviet project, and spent almost eight days in space aboard the Soyuz TM-12 and Mir space station, before returning to earth. 

She said that there must be other lives out there due to the many billions of stars

The first British cosmonaut told The Observer Magazine: ‘Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it. 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.’

In the interview she also highlighted how she is often referred to as the first British woman in space, rather than first Briton, highlighting an assumption that it was a man. 

‘When Tim Peake went into space, some people simply forgot about me. A man going first would be the norm, so I’m thrilled that I got to upset that order,’ she said.

Dr Sharman also told children at a south London primary school that there ‘must be (aliens) out there’, following a visit in 2016.

‘I don’t know (if aliens exist)’ she said, reports a local newspaper. ‘Maybe they’re totally see-through. I don’t think any were close to my spaceship but there must be some out there. I would love to meet an alien.’

Dr Helen Sharman was first launched into space in May 1991 for an eight day mission in partnership with the Soviet Union

She was selected for the Russian space project after responding to a 1989 radio advertisement looking for applicants for Project Juno.

After 18 months of rigorous training at Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, she was launched into space for eight days.

She has not returned to space since, and was turned down for Space Projects with the European Space Agency in 1992 and 1998.  

Aliens exist and may be among us, says Dr Helen Sharman

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