Winston Churchill Wrote An Essay Arguing The Existence Of Aliens

He also predicted space travel

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As well being a strong leader, master war tactician and a man with a penchant for snappy quote, it also turns out that Winston Churchill made some pretty spot-on predictions about our solar system and potential alternative life.

A newly discovered 11-page article written in 1939 - a year before Churchill became prime minister - toys with the idea that there could be life beyond earth.

In the piece, titled 'Are We Alone In The Universe?', Churchill follows the 'Copernican Principle', the idea that the universe is so big that humans are highly unlikely to be unique, while also discussing the 'Goldilocks' region around a star - which is neither too hot nor too cold to host life.

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Churchill also correctly predicted the possibility of space travel, saying: "One day, possibly even in the not very distant future, it may be possible to travel to the moon, or even to Venus or Mars."

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Having remained unpublished, the document was found at the US National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Missouri. It's believed that the article was originally intended to be published in the now defunct News of the World.

Speaking to The Guardian, Timothy Riley, the museum's director, said: "The first time I saw it, I thought the combination of Churchill and such a big question had to be a fascinating read, and that proved to be right.

"It is completely fitting that Churchill would ask such a question. He was keenly interested in science and technological advancement and supported it throughout his long career." Riley says that the museum will release the full article soon.

The first Prime Minister to hire a science adviser, Churchill spent his formative years writing physics and popular science articles for newspapers and magazines, so his interest in the scope of our universe makes sense.