The first British astronaut to go into space has claimed aliens exist and it is possible they are living among us on earth.
Helen Sharman said there was “no two ways about” extraterrestrial life but they could be made out of entirely different elements to the life that we know exists around us.
And they might be on Earth without us knowing, she said.
Speaking to the Observer Magazine, Dr Helen Sharman said: “Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life.”
She added that although they may not be made up of carbon and nitrogen like humans, “it’s possible they’re here right now and we simply can’t see them”.
Dr Sharman, 56, worked as a chemist before making history as the first British astronaut to go into space when she participated in a mission to the Soviet modular space station Mir in May 1991.
In the interview, she highlighted how she is often referred to as the first British woman in space, rather than simply the first Briton.
“It’s telling that we would otherwise assume it was a man,” she said.
“When Tim Peake went into space, some people simply forgot about me. A man going first would be the norm, so I’m thrilled that I got to upset that order.”
In September last year, three videos that were said to be leaked military footage of UFOs were claimed as genuine by the US Navy.
The clips, published in December 2017 and March 2018, showed several mystery objects travelling through the air at high speed.