In an interview last week with journalist Rachel Crane, NASA Administrator and former Senator Bill Nelson said that he ordered NASA scientists to investigate UFOs from a scientific standpoint to get a better idea of what these objects are.
When asked whether humans already made contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, Nelson pointed to the three videos that the Department of Defense (DOD) released in spring last year. Each of the videos was taken by Navy personnel during flight and featured an unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) – the Pentagon's preferred term for UFOs.
"I have talked to those Navy pilots and they are sure that they saw something real. And of course we have seen their video from their jet. What is it? We don't know," said Nelson, a spaceflight veteran who served as a payload specialist for NASA in the 1980s. (Related: After detecting life on Mars in 1976 and sweeping it under the rug, NASA banned life-detection experiments to hide the truth from the world.)
The Pentagon and other intelligence agencies will deliver their highly anticipated UFO report to Congress on June 25. Ahead of this, government officials who were briefed about the report disclosed to multiple media outlets that the concerned agencies found no evidence of alien activity in the UAPs spotted by American and foreign militaries. At the same time, however, the agencies did not rule out the possibility that some of the UAPs were alien technology.
"We don't know if it's extra-terrestrial, we don't know if it's an enemy. We don't know if it's an optical phenomenon," Nelson told Crane, while dismissing the possibility of an optical illusion. "We don't think so because of the characteristics that those Navy jet pilots described as they saw it move around."
One example of a UFO performing extraordinary maneuvers was the Tic Tac-shaped aircraft that flew off the coast of San Diego, California in 2004. A video of the aircraft was among the three videos released by the DOD last year.
Retired Navy Master-at-Arms Sean Cahil, who was at the scene when Navy pilots spotted the mysterious aircraft, explained in an interview last month what made the Tic Tac UFO so extraordinary.
"First of all the aircraft had zero control surfaces, it had no means of propulsion that we could detect, it moved at hypersonic velocities and it preceded the pilots to their cap point, so it seemed to have some knowledge of where the pilots were headed ahead of time," he told journalist Chris Cuomo.
Other UFOs were also spotted flying at hypersonic speeds without a sonic boom, according to former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. He told Fox News last March that some of the unidentified aircraft detected by the military engaged in actions that were difficult to explain and replicate. He added that the vehicles that performed these movements constituted technologies that were not available to the U.S. at the time of the sighting.
An aircraft flying off the coast of San Diego was also seen disappearing into the water in a video taken by Navy personnel in 2019. Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, who leaked the footage last month, said that a submarine was used to search for the craft but the sub did not recover anything.
Nelson said that the space agency has been investigating such UFOs since he took office last month. He clarified that NASA is not directly working with the Pentagon on the latter's UFO report but said that "if we find something, the Pentagon will want to know."
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