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Chris Hadfield on Mars and UFOs                                                                                          5

                Chris Hadfield on

           exploring Mars and the

             growing conversation

                     about UFOs

            Former International Space

           Station commander answered
                    listener questions

                 Cross Country Checkup
                        CBC Radio

        Landing a rover on Mars is "almost
        indescribably difficult," according to retired
        Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

        Despite that reality, scientists have landed a
        handful of them on the Red Planet.

        China's space agency is the latest to do so,
        dropping the Zhurong rover on Mars earlier this
        month. On Saturday, it took its first drive on the
        planet's surface.
                                                         principles, including that space exploration The news magazine 60 Minutes recently aired a
        Hadfield, who was the first Canadian             should be in the interest of all countries, and that report about UFO sightings in U.S. airspace.
        commander of the International Space Station,    states should avoid harmful contamination of Next month, a report on what the U.S.
        said conducting research on Mars is crucial to   outer space and celestial bodies.                government      calls   unidentified     aerial
        finding out whether we're alone in the universe.                                                  phenomena, or UAPs, will be delivered to
                                                         "We're very careful with everything we've sent Congress by U.S. intelligence agencies.
        "Why are we trying to land on Mars?  Well, I     so far to Mars to make it — to the absolute best
        think the fundamental question is that Mars was  of our ability — to make it sterile so that it won't "Obviously, I've seen countless things in the sky
        a lot like Earth four billion years ago when life  inadvertently bring life to Mars or react if there that I don't understand," said Hadfield, a former
        first formed on Earth," he told Cross Country    is some sort of primitive life on Mars," Hadfield pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force and U.S.
        Checkup guest host Jason D'Souza on Sunday.      said.                                            navy.

        "So if it happened here, did it happen there? And  "If there was intelligent life or advanced life, we "But to see something in the sky that you don't
        it will be evident somewhere in the geologic     would treat it even more thoughtfully and more understand and then to immediately conclude
        record."                                         differently."                                    that it's intelligent life from another solar system
                                                                                                          is the height of foolishness and lack of logic."
        The rovers currently traversing Mars are         Asked whether he would ever consider a "one-
        conducting research and taking samples from      way trip" to Mars, Hadfield said he has spent his Hadfield acknowledged the existence of
        the ground. If a rover finds one fossil, Hadfield  entire life taking great risks for space extraterrestrial life is worth thinking about, and
        said, "we will know we're not alone in the       exploration — but astronauts don't make big that it's likely that there is life in other parts of
        universe."                                       journeys without proper preparation.             the universe.

        Hadfield joined Checkup as part of the           With that in mind, he told Checkup he would "But definitively up to this point, we have found
        program's regular Ask Me Anything series, and    happily help with development of technology to no evidence of life anywhere except Earth, and
        answered questions from listeners about Mars,    enable Earthlings to live somewhere hostile, like we're looking," he said.
        unidentified    flying   objects    and    our   Mars or the moon.
        responsibility as humans in space.                                                                Still, Hadfield said it's not surprising that the
                                                         "I'm interested in it, but my question would be conversation is gaining steam.
        'What's in it' for Mars?                         what ship and who with and what is the
                                                         purpose?" Hadfield said.                         "It's intriguing and it's right on the brink
        With rovers — and possibly one day humans —                                                       between reality and science fiction and fantasy.
        landing on Mars, Ed Camelot in Edmonton "We're going to get there eventually, and I'd love And so it's all really fun to think about." []
        asked "what's in it" for the Red Planet?         to be part of the team that makes that happen."

        If there is life on Mars, whether fossilized or How about UFOs?
        primitive, Hadfield said it's important to
        consider what it would mean for us on Earth,     Calling from Kamloops, B.C., Byron McDonald
        and what responsibilities we have.               asked whether Hadfield is following the
                                                         growing discussion about unidentified flying
        The 1967 United Nations Outer Space  Treaty      objects.
        offers "fundamental building blocks of the legal
        system" for space-faring nations, he said.       Often a taboo subject, the presence of UFOs has
                                                         become a hot topic not only on social media, but
        That treaty is a basic framework on international  in mainstream media and even the corridors of
        space law, according to the UN, and outlines key  power in Washington, D.C.
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