Russia to World: We'll Find Aliens by 2031
And they'll look like a lot like us
By AstroDude, Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2011 2:41 AM CDT
Promoted on Newser Jun 28, 2011 7:33 PM CDT
In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, Paul the alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, left, and Simon Pegg are shown in a scene from the film, "Paul."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

(User Submitted) – Russia dropped a bomb yesterday, and it wasn't nuclear. Addressing an international forum of top astrophysicists and researchers, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute declared that humanity will discover extraterrestrial life within 20 years, barring mankind's self-destruction, of course. "The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms," said Andrei Finkelstein. "Life exists on other planets and we will find it."

The Russian also said 10% of planets around other suns in the galaxy are Earthlike, so the aliens will probably look human, or human-ish, anyway, reports the Guardian. Expect two arms, two legs, and one head. "They may have different color skin, but even we have that."

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Jul 5, 2011 11:02 PM CDT
Have they been talking to Harold Camping? like the world ending (I'm sure it will sometime in the distant future) finding extraterrestrial life is like looking for a needle in a haystack and setting a date limit seems...optimistic at best.
Jun 29, 2011 9:11 PM CDT
We'll make great pets.
Jun 29, 2011 6:40 PM CDT
In Soviet Russia, Aliens find YOU ;-)