NASA astronaut believes aliens exist, says ‘it would be the height of arrogance to think we are alone’

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In a recent online article posted by a former NASA astronaut and commander, the scientist suggest that it’s arrogant for people to assume that humans are the only inhabitants of this world and that aliens don’t even exist. In other words, Dr. Leroy Chiao believes that aliens exist.

Dr. Chiao claimed in his article published in The Christian Science Monitor that the recent discovery of a possible Earth-like planet called Proxima b may confirm scientists suspicion that the universe is full of alien life.

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Proxima b is orbiting the closest star to our sun and is located about 4.2 light years away. Described as a rocky planet with liquid water on its surface, Proxima b is just slightly larger than Earth.

“I believe that there is life all over our universe, since it would be the height of arrogance to think that we are alone. Moreover, I believe that at some point, life on Earth will die out, either from natural causes, or from our own doing. To me, this is a natural progression, just like individual lives on our planet. Unlike many people, including several of my astronaut colleagues, I don’t think that technology will save us,” Dr. Chiao said.

Dr. Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He is a veteran of four space missions and most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He listed over 229 days in outer space.

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According to International Business Times, other scientists however still don’t believe that aliens exist and that extraterrestrial life is nothing more than science fiction.

“Up till now, it was just an intellectual question. It isn’t anymore. There could be 10 billion civilizations or none. The evidence certainly is none,” William Borucki, a world-renowned NASA scientist, said. “The evidence says no one’s out there.”

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