Did you know the United Nations has a Office for Outer Space Affairs? It does, headed by Malaysian-born astrophysicist Dr. Mazlan Othman, who is now the woman to go to if aliens ever pop by for a visit.
Dr. Othman will be responsible to act as our ambassador if humans ever make first contact with an alien species. In movies such as Independence Day it's always the president who gets that job.
"The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials," Othman said. "When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination."
Othman's Office for Outer Space Affairs is also responsible for working on a response of another kind — one that will deal with how to take down an asteroid that's threatening Earth.
Via NY Post