According to new reports - the official in question - Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, says that while she likes the idea of being an alien ambassador, the job does not exist:
According to the Guardian from yesterday she emailed back to them saying:
"It sounds really cool but I have to deny it," she said of the story.
The UN General Assembly, Unoosa’s ( task is to promote international co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space. They advised “There are no plans to change the current mandate” .
According to the Sunday Times article, Othman was to describe her new role as chief alien ambassador next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli Conference Centre in Buckinghamshire, England.
She will be attending a conference next week, but instead she'll be talking about how the world deals with "near-Earth objects".
To avoid further gossip I am assuming we will have to wait until she speaks next week to know exactly what she is to talk about.
It is very disappointing that the Sunday times may have got this story wrong and i will keep you posted as further news comes in. Rate this posting: