Torn from today's headlines (September 28, 2010) comes this item: the United Nations is going to elect an ambassador for when aliens eventually come to Earth!
If the post is approved, it will be filled by 58-year-old astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, now the head of the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs.
Dr. Othman is quoted as saying ""The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will receive signals from extraterrestrials. 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."
Indeed it is. However unlikely such contact may be, we feel sure that Dr. Othman may wish to call upon Ana Darcy Méndez as a consultant! After all, which alien would YOU rather consult with?
(See Stephen Hawking's comment about extraterrestrials here.)
(Asked about Area 51, Ana replies here.)