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Curious Kids: We have been trying to contact aliens – but do they want to contact us?

By Jacco van Loon, Astrophysicist and Director of Keele Observatory, Keele University
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Humans have been trying to contact aliens for many years, but do the aliens want to contact us? – Sai, aged eight, London, UK

This is a great question – and the truth is that we don’t know the answer.

For starters, we haven’t found any aliens yet, so we haven’t been able to ask them and receive a reply. When we try to answer the question “do they want to contact us”, we have to put ourselves in their shoes – that is, if they have feet.

The question presumes that aliens do exist. And again, because we haven’t found any yet, we don’t know if they…


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