After UK newspaper the Sunday Times trumpeted a story last week that the U.N. had appointed an ambassador to extraterrestrials, it seemed as if we might be on the verge of actually meeting some aliens. Or at least, having somebody to send the aliens to if they asked us about international relations. Unfortunately, the story was a fabrication.

Today the UK Guardian reports that the alleged extraterrestrial liason, Mazlan Othman, is not the go-to person for alien contact. The Malaysian astrophysicist is head of the U.N.'s Office for Outer Space Affairs, but she's tackling issues like near-Earth objects that could become deadly meteors - not contact with ET. In an email sent to press, Othman said the alien liaison job "sounds really cool," but it's not what she does for the U.N.

via The Guardian