- Bill Nelson, NASA administrator, said he doesn’t think we “are alone.”
- “Are we alone? Personally, I don’t think we are,” Nelson said in a CNN interview Monday.
- His remarks come after the release of a report that suggests there have 144 UAP since 2004, the New York Post reported.
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Bill Nelson, NASA administrator and former senator of Florida, said he doesn’t think we “are alone” in the immense universe in an interview with CNN amid the release of a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday.
“Are we alone? Personally, I don’t think we are,” Nelson said during the interview Monday. “The universe is so big. It’s 13 1/2 billion years ago is when the universe started. That’s pretty big. But people are hungry for this kind of information, and we’re going to keep searching.”
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The declassified report noted 144 unidentified aerial phenomena sightings but no concrete explanation for the flying objects.
“Our analysis of the data supports the construct that if and when individual UAP incidents are resolved, they will fall into one of five potential explanatory categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, USG or U.S. industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall “other” bin,” the report stated.
“We don’t know the answer to what those Navy pilots saw,” Nelson said. “They know that they saw something -they tracked it, they locked their radar onto it, they followed it. It would suddenly move quickly from one location to another. And what the report does tell us that is public is that there have been over 140 of these sightings.”
Nelson said he’s waiting on a report from scientists “to see if there’s any kind of explanation, from a scientific point of view.”
A former Navy pilot previously told Insider her experience in 2004 seeing a mysterious object, which she called a “flying Tic Tac.” After a brief with Navy pilots a few years ago, Nelson said “there’s clearly something there,” but the sightings “may not necessarily be an extraterrestrial.”
“But if it is a technology that some of our adversaries have, then we better be concerned,” Nelson continued, adding that he doesn’t think they have the means to create flying objects.
“When it comes to the universe, remember, the universe is so large,” he said.”We have a program in NASA called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. But thus far, we don’t have any receipt of communication from something that’s intelligent.”