Bill Nelson, the former Florida senator and spaceflight veteran, told CNN Business’s Rachel Crane in a broad interview on Thursday that it was not clear to anyone – even in the upper echelons of the space agency American – what high-speed objects observed. by Navy pilots are.
Nelson added that he did not believe UFOs were evidence of aliens visiting Earth. “I think I would know” if that was the case, Nelson said. But, he admitted, it would be premature to rule out this possibility.
“We don’t know if it’s alien. We don’t know if it’s an enemy. We don’t know if it’s an optical phenomenon,” Nelson said. mentionned. “We don’t think [it’s an optical phenomenon] because of the characteristics that these Navy jet pilots described… And so, at the end of the day, we want to know. “
NASA press secretary Jackie McGuinness said Nelson has not established an official task force to begin investigating UFOs. However, he asked the researchers to move forward by exploring the questions around the topic as they see fit.
“There isn’t really a lot of data and … scientists should be free to follow these leads, and it shouldn’t be stigmatized,” McGuinness said, acknowledging that UFO research may be negatively associated with unfounded conspiracy theories. “It’s a really interesting phenomenon and Americans are clearly interested in it [so if] scientists want to investigate, they should. “
Nelson said NASA was not working directly with the Pentagon on this report, but said if NASA scientists were able to make any progress in identifying the objects, “the Pentagon will know.”
During a press briefing on Wednesday, Thomas Zurbuchen, astrophysicist and NASA associate administrator for science, said he did not believe UFOs were evidence of a technologically advanced alien civilization.
“People tend to underestimate nature. Nature is an amazing place where a lot of miracles happen. And once we figure it out, it’s like, ‘Why haven’t we thought about it?’ , did he declare. “In the realm of science, we are all talking about unidentified problems and objects … So, using the tools of science, we will do all we can to advance our understanding.”
Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, added jokingly, “If anyone knows how to design a spaceship like this, I’d love to talk to you.”