Sir David Attenborough should represent the Earth in a pow-wow with ET, Brits say.
The veteran Blue Planet presenter would be the ideal candidate to meet with aliens if humans are ever invited to join a Galactic Federation, researchers found.
A study of 2,000 Brits voted Sir David, 96, as Earth’s spokesman – ahead of telly physicist Professor Brian Cox, 55, and former US President Barack Obama, 61.
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SpaceX and Twitter chief Elon Musk, 51, was fourth choice – just ahead of former Prime Minister Boris `Partygate’ Johnson, 58,
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg, 20, was another possibility.
She came in ahead of TV adventurer Bear Grylls, 48, wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne `The Rock’ Johnson, 50, Oscar slapping actor Will Smith, 54, and The Office and After Life star Ricky Gervais, 61.
The Galactic Federation is a supposed alliance of extraterrestrial civilisations within the Milky Way.
Former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope, 57, said Sir David had been selected for `representing the very best of humanity’.
“He’s spent his life exploring and showcasing the furthest reaches of Planet Earth so it’s no surprise he’s topped the poll for who’d be best to make first contact with ETs,’’ he added.
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The research was commissioned by National Geographic ahead of the launch of its new documentary series UFOs: Investigating the Unknown which starts at 8pm Tuesday (May 2).
The series promises to `uncover the truth’ behind a series of UFO sightings by Top Gun military pilots currently under investigation by the US Government.
Researchers found one in three Brits want the Ministry of Defence to re-open the UK’s UFO Project – which Pope ran for three years before it was shut down in 2009.
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More than four in 10 suspect the government is keeping information on UFOs secret.
If the Earth is visited by aliens 41% think they would turn up to carry out scientific study, 21% fear they would harvest the planet for raw materials, 14% would suspect they were doing military reconnaissance and 11% think they would turn humans into slaves.
Nick said: "UFOs are big news now and a lot of people are reporting – and sometimes filming – extraordinary things.
"While many people are convinced these sightings involve alien life, most cases turn out to be misidentifications.
"The chances are that there’s intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and even though the vast distances make direct contact a challenge, encountering an alien civilisation would be the biggest story in human history."
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