The world has been waiting for extraterrestrials to land on Earth and give humanity the go-ahead to enter the interstellar community since the 1950s, when stories of UFOs and crop circles reached their zenith. The capabilities of science here on earth are certainly humbling. We’ve created scientific wonders like modern medicine, air travel, and nearly instantaneous communication across the planet via the Internet and phone lines. Yet, aliens have yet to make their presence known. What would you say to aliens during first contact? What questions would you have if you had the chance to lead Earth's very fist meeting with intergalactic travelers?
What do we say when we meet aliens? After traveling endless light years to finally let us in on the secrets of the universe, extraterrestrials need to be impressed by the questions we’ll undoubtedly ask. The best things to say to aliens at first contact are likely going to be simple questions that show we’re in the know when it comes to things like the chemical make up of different planets and the complexities of space travel. We also may want to ask questions about how they got here, where their planet is, and the intricacies of life and society on their home soil.
Will we ever meet aliens? This question remains unanswered, but it couldn't hurt to make some preparations. Vote up the phrases you think would be most appropriate as humanity’s first official message to extraterrestrials.