World UFO Day observed, number of sightings rise, government denies

World UFO Day observed, number of sightings rise, government denies

For those of you who don’t celebrate World UFO Day, consider this: A former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer briefed Congress last summer on a government program that searches for and reverse-engineers unidentified flying objects.

The Mexican Congress held an unprecedented session in September, during which the alleged mummies were presented as “non-human beings that are not part of our terrestrial evolution.” And NASA now has a director of research for unidentified flying objects, or what it calls “unidentified anomalous phenomena.” It's a different matter that the Pentagon denied the former intelligence officer's claims; Mexican researchers said the mummies “don't mean anything”; and a NASA study found no evidence of aliens.

There has never been a better time to celebrate World UFO Day.

Aliens? Or just balloons and crash test dummies? World UFO Day has its roots in the so-called Roswell incident on July 2, 1947. On that day, something crashed at the JB Foster Ranch in New Mexico. There were reports that the US military had recovered a “flying disc”. But officials later said the debris was merely the remains of a high-altitude weather balloon.

In 1994, the Air Force investigated the incident, accusing it of covering up the truth. It concluded that the alleged alien spacecraft was probably a secret Army Air Force balloon designed to monitor Soviet nuclear testing.

Materials found near Roswell included foil-wrapped cloth, wooden sticks, pieces of rubber, and small I-beams bearing strange markings. A local newspaper headline described the discovery dramatically and vividly: Air Force catches flying saucer on farm.

“Air Force research produced no evidence that the 'Roswell incident' was a UFO event,” wrote the report's author, Colonel Richard Weaver.

The Air Force released another report on UFO claims in 1997, stating that the alleged alien bodies found near Roswell were merely dummies used in parachute tests.

Some UFO researchers disputed this explanation, saying that such dummies were not used until 10 years after the Roswell incident. And they said it would be a big deal for those claiming to have seen alien bodies to get their dates mixed up so badly.

Life-size dummies were used in high-altitude parachute drops from 1954 to 1959. According to Air Force reports, most of the dummies were landed outside the boundaries of military bases near Roswell in eastern New Mexico.

The mannequins had an aluminum or steel skeleton, latex or plastic skin, an aluminum skull, and an instrumented cavity in the torso and head.

The Air Force said the existence of such dummies was not widely known outside scientific circles and “could easily be mistaken for something they were not.” UFOs are a national security concern In 2022, Congress held its first hearing on UFOs in half a century, as the Pentagon investigated hundreds of unexplained sightings in the sky.

The objects seen appeared to be flying aircraft with no apparent means of propulsion. They have been seen near military bases and beaches, raising the possibility that what witnesses saw was actually secret Chinese or Russian technology.

A 2021 government report reviewed 144 sightings of aircraft or other devices apparently flying at mysterious speeds or trajectories. It found no extraterrestrial connection, but drew some other conclusions and called for better data collection.

Lawmakers from both parties have said UFOs are a national security concern. But these sightings are usually fleeting. Some don't last more than a moment on camera – and then sometimes get distorted by the camera lens.

Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said during a 2022 hearing that the Pentagon is trying to discredit the issue and is encouraging pilots and other military personnel to report anything unusual they see.

Then last year, things got a little weird.

Retired Air Force Maj. David Grush testified during a congressional hearing in late July that the U.S. was covering up a long-running program to find and reverse-engineer unidentified flying objects.

Asked whether the U.S. government has information about life on other planets, Grush said the U.S. has probably known about “non-human” activity since the 1930s.

The Pentagon denied Grush's claims that there was a cover-up and denied the existence of any such program.

Unlike the hearings held in the US, testimony given before lawmakers in the Mexican Congress included evidence from alleged aliens.

During an unprecedented session in September, Mexican journalist José Jaime Maussan presented two boxes containing shriveled, desiccated bodies with deformed heads — believed to be mummies found in Peru.

“This is the queen of all evidence,” Maussan claimed. “That is, if DNA is showing us that they are non-human creatures and there is nothing like it in the world, then we should take it that way.” The apparently desiccated bodies date back to 2017 and were found deep underground in the sandy Peruvian coastal desert of Nazca. Most people attribute the famous Nazca lines to ancient indigenous communities.

Julieta Fierro, a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, expressed skepticism, saying many details about the figures “don’t make sense.” She said scientists would need more advanced technology than the X-rays they use to determine whether the alleged calcified bodies were “inhuman.”

Maussan raised the issue again at another hearing in November, referring to a “subhuman” who had no lungs or ribs.

NASA chief: 'Show me the proof'

The Pentagon released a study in March that examined numerous UFO sightings over the past century and found no evidence of aliens or extraterrestrial intelligence.

The report analysed US government investigations since 1945. It also found no evidence that the US or private companies had reverse engineered any extraterrestrial technology.

The Pentagon's report came nearly six months after NASA released a report on UFOs, which also found no evidence of aliens.

But NASA Administrator Bill Nelson acknowledged that another planet like Earth may exist within the billions of galaxies in the universe.

“If you ask me if I believe there is life out there in a universe so vast that it's hard for me to comprehend how big it is? My personal answer is yes,” Nelson said at a news conference.

When asked by reporters whether the U.S. or other governments were hiding aliens or other spacecraft, Nelson said: “Show me the proof.”

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