75% of children believe in aliens

THREE quarters of children believe in alien life and a third are convinced one of their teachers is an extra-terrestrial, according to a survey.

More than nine out of 10 16-year-olds could not name all eight planets in the solar system, according to the survey of what youngsters know about space.

The poll of 1,000 five-to-16-year-olds also found little difference between the planetary knowledge of teens and younger children with 95% of five-year-olds failing to name them all compared with 94% of 16-year-olds.

Other findings included:

* 72% believed aliens would be peaceful beings.

* 21% of 16-year-olds believed in aliens, compared with 7% who believed in Santa.

* a quarter said they were eager to visit other planets.

* 22% cited meeting aliens as their reason to venture into outer space.


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