The NASA director didn’t hold back as he explained that it wouldn’t be humans that would discover aliens, it would be them that discover us.
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Paul Hertz was named the director of Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA back in March 2012.
His role consists of being responsible for research programs and missions focused on understanding how the universe works, and to search for Earth-like planets.
When asked about the possibility of humans finding extraterrestrial life outside of our own planet, Hertz said:
So, again no, we didn’t discover aliens on Europa. This shouldn’t come as a huge shock to anyone. We told you repeatedly that today’s announcement Wouldn’t be about aliens. But every time We do one of these things with the press, inevitably you guys think it’s going to be about aliens.
So I’ll let you in on a little secret: NASA will literally never hold a press conference announcing We’ve discovered aliens. Because We’re never going to discover aliens. Aliens are going to discover us, and when they do it won’t be pretty. You can take that to the bank.
There certainly Won’t be enough time for a press conference about it. You probably won’t even have time to blink. Just a hot white flash in the sky and then lights out.
As far as the universe is concerned, relatively speaking, We’re infants. Lord knows we act like it. I mean you guys see the same garbage We do, right? Would you tolerate any of this? If you were them? I know sure as shit Wouldn’t. Not even for a second.
We’re basically infants and when the adults show up and they will show up sooner or later it’s game over.
Best case scenario, we wipe ourselves off the face of the planet before they get a crack at us.
You Want an announcement about aliens? Here it is: Be careful what you wish for. If you guys knew even a fraction of the shit we do, you’d never sleep again. I promise you that.
– Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA