Here's the Truth Behind a NASA Document on Aliens Visiting Earth
Fox News published a startling article Monday (Dec. 3) with the headline "NASA scientist says Earth
may have been visited by aliens." Unsurprisingly, that news rocketed around the web, with similar
articles soon turning up in the New York Post, Russia Today and The Daily Wire. (Fox appears to have
been the first major U.S. news source to run with the story.)
These articles are based on a document on NASA's website by Silvano Colombano, a researcher at
NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. It really does argue that scientists should
at least take seriously the notion that aliens may have visited planet Earth. But Colombano told Live
Science that the coverage on Fox News and elsewhere misrepresented what he was trying to say when he wrote it.
UFOs Are Real — and You Were Never Supposed to See Them, Military Official Says
In December 2017 and March 2018, The New York Times released three allegedly declassified videos showing
U.S. Navy pilots trailing some unidentified flying objects. The mystery crafts moved at hypersonic speeds,
flying tens of thousands of feet above the Earth with no distinct wings, engines or visible signs of propulsion
whatsoever. Were they flying saucers? Incredibly high-tech drones? The pilots had no idea — and, according to
a recent statement from Navy intelligence officials, neither does the U.S. government.
In a statement delivered to the intelligence news website The Black Vault, Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for
the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, announced that the Navy officially considers the
craft in these three videos "unidentified aerial phenomena." That means that the eerie videos are authentic —
and that the objects, which were detected in restricted military training airspaces in 2004 and 2015, were not
supposed to be there. The objects still have not been successfully identified as any known type of aircraft.
The UFO footage was also never cleared for public release, Gradisher told The Black Vault — meaning these are
three unidentified phenomena you were never supposed to know about.
Jimmy Carter files report on UFO sighting
Future President Jimmy Carter files a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena
(NICAP) on September 18, 1973, claiming he had seen an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in October 1969.
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic challenger Carter was forthcoming about his belief that
he had seen a UFO. He described waiting outside for a Lion's Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at
about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called "the darndest thing I've ever seen" in the sky. Carter, as
well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as "very bright [with]
changing colors and about the size of the moon." Carter reported that "the object hovered about 30 degrees
above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance." He later
told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Carter promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government
release "every piece of information" about UFOs available to the public and to scientists. After winning the presidency,
though, Carter backed away from this pledge, saying that the release of some information might have "defense
implications" and pose a threat to national security.