Just last month astrophysicist Stephen Hawking announced that he was supporting a $100 million program to investigate extraterrestrial life. Russian venture capitalist and physicist, Yuri Milner, is funding the project. The initiative will utilize two of the biggest radio telescopes on earth -- the Csiro Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia and the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Astronomers will listen for potential radio signals from advanced civilizations to see if they reach beyond the solar system.
Why all this attention to alien life? "Mankind has a deep need to learn, to explore, to know," Hawking told the Royal Society in London last month. "It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark."
With all this talk of aliens, it seemed fitting to ask some of the stars of the upcoming film Independence Day: Resurgence if they were believers. Are we alone? Go to this Parade.com story and click through the gallery to read what Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox said.