A space ambassador could be appointed by the United Nations to act as the first point of contact for aliens trying to communicate with Earth.
Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity's response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.
Aliens who landed on earth and asked: "Take me to your leader" would be directed to Mrs Othman.
She will set out the details of her proposed new role at a Royal Society conference in Buckinghamshire next week.
The 58-year-old is expected to tell delegates that the proposal has been prompted by the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other starts, which is thought to make the discovery of extraterrestrial life more probable than ever before.
Mrs Othman is currently head of the UN's little known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa). …
M. Othman, not to be confused with the Mothman.
Attention space aliens, you are now just one step away from communicating with a chosen representative of the planet Earth. Just click the “Contact Us” link on our web site.
Please note a few points of protocol about humans:
- Observe the humans discreetly for several thousands years before introducing yourself if you can.
- Allow yourself to be seen from a distance so the humans can become accustomed to you.
- Don’t brandish weapons at your first meeting if you can avoid it.
These are the first things that came to mind. What else should we tell them?