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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