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Life could exist on any planet in the solar system, with Europa, Venus and Mars named as being able to harbour life.
If you do stumble on an alien life form, guidelines are in place to handle the euphoria and ensure a War of the Worlds situation does not happen.
Following the first encounter, anyone experiencing the phenomenon is urged to contact the government, without telling anyone until the UFO claim has been confirmed.
“The discoverer should promptly inform all other observers or research organisations that are parties to this declaration”
Guidelines from the SETI Institute – the official organisation hunting for aliens on behalf of humanity – state: “Prior to making a public announcement that evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence has been detected, the discoverer should promptly inform all other observers or research organisations that are parties to this declaration.
“Parties this declaration should not make any public announcement of this information until it is determined whether this information is or is not credible evidence of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
“The discoverer should inform his/her or its relevant national authorities.”
The discoverer then plays a key part in telling the world about their discovery.
As news of the UFO is sent out to global media, the discoverer is given the privilege of telling everyone the good news.
Guidelines confirm: “A confirmed detection of extraterrestrial intelligence should be disseminated promptly, openly and widely through scientific channels and public media, observing the procedures in this declaration.
“The discoverer should have the privilege of making the first public announcement.”
But any UFO hunters looking to make contact with an extraterrestrial being will be kept well away from the discovery.
Any contact with aliens has to go through a long list of protocols, and scientists and experts will be chosen to be the aliens’ intermediary.
SETI add: “No response to a signal or other evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence should be sent until appropriate international consultations have taken place.
“Should credible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence be discovered, an international committee of scientists and other experts should be established to serve as a focal point.”