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In recently unearthed essay, Winston Churchill anticipated space travel and extraterrestrial life (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Thursday, February 16, 2017, 04:40

Quoting Winston Churchill has always been something of a national pastime.

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

What hasn’t often been quoted is the essay he penned in 1939 titled “Are We Alone in the Universe?” concerning that very question. That isn’t surprising, as the 11 typed pages were never published before being lost to the world for more than three decades.

Churchill, who served as British prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and then again from 1951 to 1955, updated his manuscript in the late 1950s while staying at a French villa owned by Emery Reves, his publisher. Nothing came of it, and eventually his Emery’s wife Wendy passed the manuscript along to the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Mo. There it gathered dust until last year, when the museum’s new director Timothy Riley discovered and handed it over to Israeli astrophysicist and author Mario Livio.

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