Winston Churchill Essay on Aliens is a Reminder of Dangers Facing Life on Earth
Buried within the archives of a museum in Missouri, an essay on the search alien life has come to light, 78 years after it was penned. Written on the brink of the second world war, its unlikely author is the political leader Winston Churchill.
The 11-page article - Are We Alone in the Universe? - has sat in the US National Churchill Museum archives in Fulton, Missouri from the 1980s until it was reviewed by astrophysicist Mario Livio in this week's edition of the journal Nature.
Livio highlights that the unpublished text shows Churchill's arguments were extremely contemporary are for a piece written nearly eight decades previously. In it, Churchill speculates on the conditions needed to support life but notes the difficulty in finding evidence due to the vast distances between the stars.
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