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Matthias Maurer on extraterrestrials: »There is most likely life out there«

2022-08-05T01:06:07.735Z

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer spent around six months on the ISS. And he's pretty sure: We're not alone in the universe.



Starry sky over Davos

Photo: Alessandro Della Bella / dpa

The German astronaut Matthias Maurer, who returned from the International Space Station ISS in May, firmly believes that extraterrestrials exist.

"If you think about how many billions of galaxies there are and how many billions of solar systems there are in each galaxy, the probability that there is a solar system similar to ours with a second earth is significantly greater than winning the lottery." , said the 52-year-old of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" on Friday.

Even if most people don't win a lottery in their lifetime, this equation clearly speaks for the existence of extraterrestrial life.

"Someone on this earth always wins something like that - which means to me that there is most likely life out there."

He does not know how developed the extraterrestrials are and whether their life is based on organic chemistry just like human life.

"Or maybe there is even another kind of chemistry that isn't based on carbon." Only one thing is certain - that they shouldn't be "green men" as they have often been seen in science fiction films .

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Source: spiegel

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