DURHAM, Conn. – Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens exist? And if they do, would they need to be escorted by helicopters?
These are some of the questions crossing the minds of those who have watched the latest in a series of videos claiming to show a UFO.
Is this real? What is real? Or is it suspect as one commenter proclaims: “Wow, another grainy video, go figure”?
Congress and the Pentagon appear to be haggling over how best to pursue an explanation for encounters with unknown aerial vehicles reported by members of the U.S. military and tracked by our most advanced defense systems.
This is coming off the heels of a video purportedly released by the Pentagon in April of 2020.
Videos like this only help fuel the questions that have piqued the curiosity of generations of stargazers. In a report issued Nov. 4, 2021 by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, astronomers stressed three scientific areas they felt needed to be focused on:
- Pathways to habitable worlds – Identify and characterize Earth-like planets outside this solar system, with the ultimate goal of obtaining imaging of potentially habitable worlds.
- New windows on the dynamic universe – Probe the nature of black holes and neutron stars — and the explosive events that gave rise to them — and understand what happened in the earliest moments in the birth of the universe.
- Drivers of galaxy growth – Revolutionize understanding of the origins and evolution of galaxies, from the webs of gas that feed them to the formation of stars.
Perhaps our obsession with possible videos of extraterrestrial life on Earth is related to our desire to know if life exists outside of it.
“In changing how we plan for the most ambitious strategic space projects, we can develop a broad portfolio of missions to pursue visionary goals, such as searching for life on planets orbiting stars in our galactic neighborhood — and at the same time exploit the richness of 21st century astrophysics through a panchromatic fleet,” said Fiona Harrison, chair of the division of physics, mathematics, and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, and steering committee co-chair.