Dhe astronaut who returned from the International Space Station in May Matthew Maurer assumes the existence of extraterrestrials. “If you think about how many billions of galaxies there are and how many billions of solar systems are in each galaxy, the probability that there is a solar system similar to ours with a second earth is significantly higher 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. For me that means: there is most likely life out there.”
How developed this is and whether it is based on organic chemistry just like human life, he does not know. “Or maybe there is even another type of chemistry that isn’t based on carbon,” Maurer added. Only one thing is certain: that they should not be “green men”, as has often been seen in science fiction films.
Maurer was in the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency ESA in autumn 2021 ISS broken up. The materials researcher, who has a doctorate, would like to carry out further scientific research in space into how life once came to earth. The ESA hopes that this will also provide clues as to whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.