Unidentified Flying Objects, or U.F.O.’s, as they are commonly called, are any airborne object that can’t be identified by the viewer during observation or investigation.
The skies above Area 51 are notorious for sightings of such objects, which confirms the theories that the base is used to test top secret military aircraft.
There has never been any confirmation that the U.F.O.’s seen around Area 51 are of alien nature.
A highly debated U.F.O. sighting came from the Apollo 8 mission when Jim Lovell commented on seeing “Santa Claus”. It was argued that the comment was in reference to it being near Christmas, but some say it was code for a U.F.O..
- 089:34:16 Lovell: Houston, Apollo 8, over.
- 089:34:19 Mattingly: Hello, Apollo 8. Loud and clear.
- 089:34:25 Lovell: Roger. Please be informed there is a Santa Claus.
- 089:34:31 Mattingly: That’s affirmative. You’re the best ones to know.
- 089:34:37 Lovell: And burn status report: it burned on time; Burn time, 2 minutes, 23 seconds; seven-tenths plus VGX. Attitude nominal, residuals; minus five-tenths VGX, plus four-tenths VGY, minus 0 VGZ; Delta-VC, minus 26.4.
- 089:35:14 Mattingly: Roger.
- 089:35:19 Mattingly: Apollo FLIGHT has…
- 089:35:23 Mattingly: Apollo 8, recomfirm your burn time, please.
- 089:35:30 Lovell: Roger. We had 2 minutes, 23 seconds. Our – wait one. Stand corrected to that; 3 minutes, 23 seconds.
- 089:35:43 Mattingly: Thank you. [Long pause.]
The following is a quote from NASA’s website about U.F.O. research:
During several space missions, NASA astronauts have reported phenomena not immediately explainable; however, in every instance NASA determined that the observations could not be termed “abnormal” in the space environment.
The 1947 to 1969 USAF investigations studied UFO’s under Project Blue Book. The project, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was terminated December 17, 1969. Of the total of 12,618 sightings reported to Project Blue Book, 701 remain “unidentified.”
The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the University of Colorado entitled, “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects;” a review of the University of Colorado’s report by the National Academy of Sciences; previous UFO studies; and Air Force experience investigating UFO reports during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
As a result of experience, investigations, and studies since 1948, the conclusions of Project Blue Book were: (1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force was ever a threat to our national security; (2) there was no evidence submitted to, or discovered by, the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and (3) there was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” were extraterrestrial vehicles.