The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country, the AP reports. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government says "there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life." Justifying that stance, the government added it believes "a first contact on German territory is extremely unlikely, based on today's scientific knowledge." Deutsche Welle quotes the government as adding, "Concrete cases that could have been the subject of bilateral or multilateral talks with other states are not known."
That said, more than half of Germans polled in a recent survey say they believe extra-terrestrials are real, per Deutsche Welle. "The reason for believing is a mix of hope and fear," says a senior consultant with YouGov, which conducted the survey of 1,171 people. "It's hard for humans to imagine that we are this special and singular in a universe whose end we don't even know, but it's also not easy to picture sharing the special status of intelligent life. So I expected an outcome of around fifty-fifty." (Read more extraterrestrial life stories.)