Many scientists and mathematicians believe the chances are high that there is life somewhere among the trillions and trillions of stars in the universe. But what kind of life?
The universe is vast. In 1924 astronomer Edwin Hubble proved that there are galaxies beyond our own. More than a half century later, the Hubble telescope, carried into space in 1990, has indicated there are at least 100 billion such galaxies. And our own, the Milky Way, is home to at least 100 billion stars.
So, it comes a something of a shock to hear that the US government has denied any knowledge of contact with extraterrestrial life. The announcement came as a response to submissions to the We The People website, which promises to address any petition that gains 5,000 signatories. More than 17,000 citizens joined two petitions requesting information. The government has since amended the requirements for response to a minimum of 25,000 signatories, significantly raising the bar for freedom of information.
The White House stated that, “The US government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that any extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.” Oh yeah?