Reported sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and extraterrestrial encounters have persisted for decades. These reports, from many countries, are often submitted by credible individuals, pilots, law enforcement and military personnel. Several UFOs have been tracked by radar stations. Common to many of these reports are detailed descriptions of the incomprehensible speed and agility exhibited by these craft. In the 50s and 60s, our government conducted official inquiries into the UFO phenomenon but eventually it either stopped investigating UFOs or stopped confirming its investigations. When a UFO sighting is reported, authorities usually explain it as a weather balloon, swamp gas, air inversion layer, or an experimental aircraft or rocket. Many believe these explanations account for only a portion of UFO sightings.

For several days and nights in 1952, military jets were unsuccessfully dispatched to intercept a number UFO’s observed and tracked over Washington DC. A 1980 Suffolk, England incident involved the alleged landing of one or more craft of unknown origin during the course of two nights in Rendlesham Forest, next to a U.S. Air Force base. More recently has been the mass UFO sightings that have been regularly occurring over Mexico City since at least 1992. For years and in broad daylight, thousands of people have observed and filmed UFO fleets hovering or flying in formation. But perhaps the most famous UFO incident occurred in 1947 when a UFO allegedly crashed during a severe thunderstorm near Roswell, New Mexico. After examining the wreckage, military officers from Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release notifying the country that the Army had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer. This announcement was soon retracted and the wreckage was then described as a weather balloon. Strong speculation persists that that our government has performed autopsies on Roswell extraterrestrials and reverse engineered their spacecraft in an attempt to reveal secrets of alien technology. Roswell’s Area 51, Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Carswell Air Force Base in Texas are the locations where many believe these examinations were conducted. Several former military contractors and servicemembers claim to have seen UFO wreckage and deceased extraterrestrials at these locations. Advocates claim our government does not have the right to keep evidence of extraterrestrial life from us.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) is a decades-old organization which attempts to detect radio or light signals from intelligent alien beings. SETI has been privately funded since 1995 when the government ceased its support. SETI uses optical telescopes as well as radio telescopes, some arranged in large arrays, to listen for intelligent radio signals emanating from stars located within 200 light-years of our planet. So far, none have been detected but a number of astronomers now wish to pursue “Active SETI” programs. This involves not merely listening for a distant signal, but purposefully transmitting radio waves into deep space in an attempt to establish contact with alien beings. Although this idea is not a new one, some are wary of sending signals to potential unknowns. Others reason that if any of the many thousands of credible UFO sightings are true, then aliens already know we exist. UFO-ologists say our search for extraterrestrial beings should begin here, with the ones visiting us now.

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