What Should We Do When We Find Aliens?

What Should We Do When We Find Aliens?

“Are there any official government or scientific plans for the scenario
where we discover intelligent life or more importantly, if intelligent life finds us?”

     There are, in fact! However, these tend to be more guidelines on what to do than actual rules, and aren’t binding in an international court of law. There is a branch of law for dealing with outer space, called International Space Law, which are a set of rules that the UN has laid out and all UN member countries have agreed to abide by. It is a string of very sensible rules for behavior in space, like “do not put nuclear weapons in space”, “your country cannot claim a piece of space”, “you cannot build a military base on the moon”, and “space is for all countries”.
Jillian Scudder

Most of the guidelines for what to do in case we find or are found by aliens have a similar set of instructions, whether it be found in the SETI Institution’s version, entitled “Protocols for an ETI Signal Detection” (ETI standing for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), the “Declaration of Principles for Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence”, which has been signed off on by a whole slew of administrative bodies. But really, they’ve signed off on agreeing to be guided by the guidelines. […]

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