28 June 2011, JellyBean @ 9:59 am

Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades, Andrei Finkelstein, a top Russian astronomer said.

“The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms … Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,” said Finkelstein.

The director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute was speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life.

He said that 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.

If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.

“They may have different colour skin, but even we have that,” he said.

Finkelstein’s institute runs a programme similar to SETI which was launched in the 1960s to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.

“The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilisations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way,” he said.

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