导读：俄罗斯社会科学院应用天文学研究所的天文学家安德烈·芬克尔斯坦（Andrei Finkelstein）6月27日宣称，俄罗斯的科学家们认为，人类有望在20年内与外星人相遇。 芬克尔斯坦在国际外星生命探索论坛上说：“生命的起源是必然的，就如同原子必然会形成一样。宇宙中一定有在其它星球上存在的生命，而我们将在20年内发现它们。”芬克尔斯坦说，目前银河系中，有10%的已知行星与地球相似，如果在这些行星上能找到水，那么也应该能找到生命。芬克尔斯坦甚至推测，外星人可能和人类十分相像，有两只胳膊两条腿，一个脑袋，但他们皮肤的颜色可能与人类不同。据悉，应用天文学研究所在20世纪60年代就推出了一个监控外星人的计划，向外太空发送无线电信号。芬克尔斯坦说：“一直以来我们都在搜寻地外文明，但除了等待来自太空的信息外，我们别无他法。”
"The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms ... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years," said Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, according to the Interfax news agency.
If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.
"They may have different colour skin, but even we have that," he said.
Finkelstein's institute runs a programme launched in the 1960s at the height of the cold war space race to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.
"The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilisations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way," he said.
In March a Nasa scientist caused controversy after claiming to have found tiny fossils of alien bugs inside meteorites that landed on Earth.
Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at the US space agency's Marshall space flight centre in Alabama, said filaments and other structures in rare meteorites appear to be microscopic fossils of extraterrestrial beings that resemble algae known as cyanobacteria.
Writing in the Journal of Cosmology, Hoover claimed that the lack of nitrogen in the samples, which is essential for life on Earth, indicated they are "the remains of extraterrestrial life forms that grew on the parent bodies of the meteorites when liquid water was present, long before the meteorites entered the Earth's atmosphere."
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