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Aliens are probably out there, according to Winston Churchill

A newly-investigated essay from 1939 reveals Churchill's thoughts on E.T.
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Winston Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, a time in which he also wrote about the potential for alien life.

In 1939, the year World War II broke out, Winston Churchill was thinking about aliens.

Although the looming Nazi threat surely commanded most of Churchill’s attention, the renowned statesman still found time to formally ponder one of humanity's greatest mysteries in the aptly titled essay, “Are We Alone in the Universe?” A summary of this 11-page document, published Wednesday in the

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