(Telegraph) – When the booming voice of Orson Welles interrupted a dance music programme on October 30 1938 to announce that explosions had been seen on Mars, it sparked mass panic across the US.
Despite being merely a CBS radio adaptation of HG Wells' War of The Worlds, the news bulletin format was believed by many, and police were even sent to the studio to stop the broadcast.
But 80 years on it appears that the public has become more resilient to the prospect of alien life.
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"If we came face to face with life outside of Earth, we would actually be pretty upbeat about it," said Arizona State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Varnum.