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Published on Mar 2, 2012
What would you say to an alien? Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' heads The Planetary Society, an organization that fosters ways for the public to be actively involved in space exploration, including the search for extraterrestrial life.
Transcript: Well, that’s just like, just like StarTrek. Everybody speaks English very well. Sometimes they have accents, but...
We think we know how we came to be here on our world. We’ve studied this. How did you come to be? What are you doing here? We’ve worked for millennia—or many, many orbits of the sun—to reach this level. We believe that we came to be about a hundred thousand orbits ago and that life itself started on our world about three billion orbits ago. When did life start on your world?
And let me say, that’s a nice hat.
And then he or she would say, “It’s my helmet, it’s my space helmet, because your atmosphere is just—it’s no good for me.” And so on . . .
I’d want to know where they came from. I’d want to know why they wanted—what were they doing asking me what I was doing? It would be great to know, though, we’re not alone. That would be a heck of a thing. It would change the world.
Directed/Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd