Tim Peake believes aliens are ‘prevalent’ but aren’t as civilised as humans
Brit astronaut Tim Peake believes aliens exist 'across the universe'.
The ex-International Space Station crew member said he thinks 'life is prevalent' across the cosmos but 'intelligent civilisations' such as Earth are much rarer.
Tim, 48, who spent 185 days orbiting the planet, said our only barrier to contacting other worlds is the sheer 'vastness' of space.
Speaking to TV presenter and fitness coach Joe Wicks, 35, on his podcast the astronaut said: "In terms of life throughout the universe I do think life is prevalent throughout the rest of the universe.
"When you look at Earth and how quickly life evolved simple life forms evolved on planet Earth as soon as conditions became suitable.
"I think that is probably a model for life throughout the universe.''
The former British Army officer, a Sandhurst graduate who during his time in space in 2016 completed approximately 3000 orbits of the Earth and covering 78 million miles, said he thinks other forms of `intelligent life' also exist.
He continued: "I do think that complex life is much rarer.
"That jump from single celled organisms to complex life took about three billion years on earth, so it is a much rarer thing.
"But I do think there are other intelligent civilisations in the universe, the only problem we have is time and distance.
"The scale of the universe is just so vast in terms of how long it would take to communicate with another civilisation and how far away they would be.
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"And also in terms of time scale. There may have been intelligent civilisations that have already come and gone outside of our small time span.
"And when we are gone as human beings, another civilisation might start up.
"So not only is it a massive amount of distance and time. It is also a case of in the 14 billion years of the universe's history will our short tiny, tiny moment here in the universe coincide with another intelligent civilisation so we are close enough to handshake and say `hi'?''
Tim, from Chichester, West Sussex, became the first Brit-born European Space Agency astronaut when he started training in 2009.
His mission to the International Space Station launched on December 15 2015.
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After broadcasting a new year's message to the nation via the BBC he became the first UK astronaut to spacewalk from the station when he went outside to replace a faulty unit on January 15 2016.
Tim returned to Earth on June 18 2016 aboard a descent module from the Soyuz spacecraft which had taken him up.
He said despite widespread scepticism governments were still spending `time and effort' sending expeditions to other planets looking for signs of life.
"There has been really exciting news this week that we might have found evidence of microbiological life in the atmosphere of Venus when we thought Mars might be the first place we would find it,'' he said.
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"The reality is we are still spending a lot of time and effort with some of the best scientists and engineers heading to places like Mars and Venus looking for signs of life.''
Tim is not the only astronaut to believe in aliens.
Earlier this year (2020) Dr Helen Sharman, 57, who became the first Brit in space when she blasted off 28 years ago, said there was no doubt there are 'all sorts of forms of life' in the universe.
Though she has never knowingly had a close encounter with an alien she said they could already have inhabited the Earth and are so different to humanity it may be we 'simply can’t see them'.
She said: "Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it.
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"There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of forms of life.
"Will they be like you and me made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not.
"It’s possible they’re right here right now and we simply can’t see them.''
US astronaut Jeff Hoffman, 75, who has spent 1,211 hours in space during five shuttle missions, said in an interview: "I believe there is life elsewhere in the universe.''
And fellow NASA astronaut Michael Collins – who flew the Command Module on Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's 1969 Apollo 11 moon-landing mission – confirmed his belief in alien life during a Q&A session on Twitter.
When one follower asked him if he believed in `life outside of Earth' 89-year-old Collins replied simply: "Yes.''
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