24 April 2020 Posted By : Press Association

Aliens exist and may already be here on Earth - we just cannot see them says first Briton in space Helen Sharman

Aliens exist and may already be on earth, but we just cannot see them, the first Briton in space Dr Helen Sharman has said.

The female cosmonaut, 56, said that there 'must' be other sorts of life out there as there are so many billions of stars and solar systems. 

She was first launched into orbit in 1991 as part of a Soviet project, and spent almost eight days in space aboard the Soyuz TM-12 and Mir space station, before returning to earth. 

The first British cosmonaut told The Observer Magazine: '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.

'Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It's possible they're here right now and we simply can't see them.'

In the interview she also highlighted how she is often referred to as the first British woman in space, rather than first Briton, highlighting an assumption that it was a man. 

'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,' she said.

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