Are UFOs and aliens real? Have we been visited by aliens? Are they here still?

“It seems that all Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin – flying saucers, or UFOs, if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence.”

Former Chief of NASA Communications Systems Maurice Chatelain, Our Ancestors Came from Outer Space, 1979

Legends and artifacts dating back thousands of years have ignited man’s imagination for decades to centuries with theories of ancient astronauts and alien beings from other planets. Sightings of “UFOs” or “unidentified flying objects” of varying sizes, shapes and other characteristics have been recorded around the world for hundreds of years, possibly thousands. In popular TV shows, it is claimed that “sky people” are purportedly recorded as having brought advanced culture to the hominids who have lived on this planet.

According to these legends, supposedly, this “first contact” had occurred previously, following cataclysm. Some stories relate this civilizing event to have happened several times during Earth’s history. Geological, paleontological, anthropological and archaeological data reveal that there have indeed been many cataclysms on this earth, several on a global level, with climate change and mass extinction. The tales allegedly recount that after such a catastrophe, many surviving humans were reduced to the Stone Age but that more advanced humanoids descended from spacecraft and reestablished civilization. Are these claims true? Were these “sky people” aliens? Have there been “aliens” among us all along? Or is it all just an illusion?

“Have there been ‘aliens’ among us? Or is it all just an illusion?”

Skepticism is Warranted

In investigating the traditions, it becomes clear that there are a number of different types now compiled under the heading of legendary “sky people”: humans, gods and, possibly, aliens. In our quest to discover the truth about this planet’s history we find that “the gods” in general are not people or aliens but planetary bodies, such as the sun, moon, earth, planets, stars, etc., as well as elements in nature.

In this regard, TV shows like “Ancient Aliens” have failed to employ Occam’s Razor in investigating what the ancient gods truly represented but have rushed to judgment to call them “aliens.” For example, the Greek sun god Apollo is most assuredly just that: A sun god, not an alien flying through the sky in his chariot-spaceship.

“Apollo is a sun god, not an alien flying through the sky in his chariot-spaceship.”

In addition, it is obvious from the legends that at least some of the “spacecraft” were of the probable previous earthly civilization, the “vimanas” and “flying machines” of lore. Other legends say that when the chaos descended these manmade “spacecraft” transported a number of inhabitants to elsewhere, which is speculated to be the moon, Mars, Venus or other destination, including inside the earth or under the sea. In inspecting these legends of “sky people,” then, it would be prudent to suggest that, if they are true and not mythical, most if not all of these high-fliers were humans who may have developed the capacity to fly, to whatever extent.

There have also allegedly been found the skeletal remains of a number of bizarre humanoid and hominid races now unknown and extinct, indicating unexplained phenomena, although not necessarily “aliens” from another planet. In recent years, it has been asserted that there must have been many more hominid species than previously supposed, with the discovery of Homo floresiensis or “the hobbit,” for example, in Indonesia, which thrived some 12,000 years ago, much later than was the supposed demise of such types of species. Obviously, none of these creatures is an “alien,” however.

“None of these hominid creatures is an ‘alien.'”

In the past, sightings of UFOs have been dismissed as the planet Venus or “swamp gas.” Many sightings are explainable by natural or manmade phenomena, but some are not, and millions of people in the past few decades have reported seeing something that is clearly unidentifiable. Abduction by aliens has been ridiculed as hallucination, which, no doubt, it often is. But is it necessarily always?

The Belgium UFO Wave, Mexico City Eclipse and Phoenix Lights

From 1989 to 1990 in Belgium, a large object with lights was witnessed by hundreds of individuals, including police, air force personnel and air traffic controllers, as in the video below.

Skeptics claim that the Belgium UFO flap has been debunked and that the supposed “UFO” was a “polystyrene fake.” Such explanations likely will fail to impress those who witnessed this purported hoax, including the policemen, air traffic controllers and pilots.

During an eclipse in Mexico City on July 11, 1991, a UFO was witnessed and filmed by hundreds of people as they gazed up at the sky.

A sighting similar to that in Belgium occurred in 1997, called the “Phoenix Lights,” which has garnered a great deal of attention and was seen by a multitude of people, including air traffic personnel and major politicians. This story is so impressive that it is featured in National Geographic’s “Secret History of UFOs,” which provides a neutral and important chronicle of the various legends and sightings over the past several decades.

In this regard, the former governor of Arizona, Fife Symington, said of the Phoenix lights phenomenon, which he himself witnessed: “I suspect that, unless the Defense Department proves it otherwise, it was some form of an alien spacecraft.”

“The former governor of Arizona said he suspects the Phoenix lights phenomenon was ‘some form of an alien spacecraft.'” 

It should be noted that skeptics claim the “Phoenix Lights” – purportedly two separate events – have been exposed as flares and planes. Eyewitnesses respond that such a claim itself cannot be sustained, as they know what flares look like, and these objects did not behave like flares. Moreover, witnesses likewise take exception with the idea that the sightings are the result of Cessnas flying in formation.

Travis Walton

As concerns possible alien abductions, NatGeoTV has a show called “Chasing UFOs,” in which investigators travel around the country to interview witnesses and make observations. For example, “Chasing UFOs” highlights the story of purported UFO abductee Travis Walton, whose bizarre tale involved several witnesses to the UFO activity that preceded his alleged abduction. Although skeptics maintain doubt about it, Walton’s story has stayed consistent throughout decades of investigation and exploration, including a sensationalized account in a major film, “Fire in the Sky” and such interviews as this one by NatGeo. I have communicated personally with Travis, and I am certainly in no position to label him a liar.

The “Experts” Speak

Over the past few decades, several excellent researchers have followed the lead of the fringe element and produced insights into the potential reality behind the tales and the sightings. Despite being ignored by mainstream media, these credentialed and credible experts have managed to evince effectively that UFOs are real, extraterrestrials are here and abductions are occurring, among other “alien” behavior. Some of these “experts,” however, may be disinfo agents, and this field is rampant with fraud and hoaxes, so, again, caution must be taken.

In 2010, the respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku put his considerable hat into the ring by stating definitely that some objects in the sky, about 5% of sightings, are clearly unidentified and that they behave oddly or “spookily.” At that time, Dr. Kaku was discussing the book by researcher Leslie Kean entitled, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, which Kaku says is “bound to set the gold standard for UFO research.” Relates Kaku:

We’re talking about generals, we’re talking about airforce pilots, we’re talking about governors of states, that claim, “Hey, this is beyond our understanding of the laws of physics.”

“We’re talking about generals, airforce pilots and governors of states.”

Kean’s book contains dozens of these sightings by numerous sober individuals with positions of authority.

Astronauts and UFOs

Among the authorities and professionals who have witnessed UFOs are NASA astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, Gordon Cooper, Donald Slayton, Robert White, Joseph A. Walker, Eugene Cernan, Ed White, James McDivitt, James Lovell, Frank Borman, Neil Armstrong, Maurice Chatelain and Scott Carpenter.

An article in Discovery magazine entitled “Apollo Astronaut Chats About UFO, Alien Belief” recounts that Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell has discussed openly the much debated event at Roswell, New Mexico, and is a firm believer that the crash involved a spacecraft and aliens. Says Mitchell:

My major knowledge comes from what I call the old-timers, people who were at Roswell and subsequent who wanted to clear the things up and tell somebody credible even though they were under severe threats and things – this was back in the Roswell days. Having gone to the moon and being a local citizen out in the Roswell area some of them thought I would be a safe choice to tell their story to, which they did. Even though the government put real clamps on everybody, it got out anyhow.

Subsequent to that, I did take my story to the Pentagon – not NASA, but the Pentagon – and asked for a meeting with the Intelligence Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and got it. And told them my story and what I know and eventually had that confirmed by the admiral that I spoke with, that indeed what I was saying was true….

…There was a UFO crash. There was an alien spacecraft.

“At Roswell, there was a UFO crash. There was an alien spacecraft.”

Mitchell also discussed the Phoenix lights, saying “That wasn’t our stuff,” referring to human technology. The former astronaut further stated:

Three humongous craft flew over Phoenix, very slowly in the middle of the night that clearly were not – I happened to be on the phone with people out there when that happened and have had pictures of it – clearly those were not, to those of us who know aviation and spacecraft, clearly those were not local stuff, home-grown stuff.

In response to Mitchell’s implications that the government is hiding these facts, it was reported:

Officials from NASA, however, were quick to play the comments down.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe.

In this regard, it is important as well to take into account skeptical arguments against the purported presence of aliens and UFOs manned by intelligent beings in our solar system, as in these articles: “List of UFO-related hoaxes”; the Skeptical Enquirer article (3.1, 1978) by James Oberg entitled, “Astronaut ‘UFO’ Sightings”; and any number of articles purporting to debunk the Roswell incident.

NASA aside, the stories coming from Russian cosmonauts have been around for decades, as this old “Sightings” program demonstrates.

Pilot Sightings

Space does not permit for all the accounts by pilots, both military and commercial, who have witnessed UFO phenomena of some sort. See, e.g., “Pilot Sightings”:

There have been over 3,500 documented sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena by military, civilian and commercial airline pilots. These observations span the entire history of powered flight. Many of these cases come from declassified US government reports and investigations, international reports from official sources and the direct testimony of military and commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, and radar operators.

Governmental Testimony

As concerns high-ranking experts, in September 2005, a former Canadian defense minister under Pierre Trudeau made a stunning request to the parliament to begin public hearings concerning making peaceful relations with aliens, a diplomatic move called “Exopolitics.” According to PRWEB:

On September 25, 2005, in a startling speech at the University of Toronto that caught the attention of mainstream newspapers and magazines, Paul Hellyer, Canadas Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson, publicly stated: “UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head.”

“UFOs are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head.” 

White House and Rockefeller Initiative

In 1997, White House correspondent Sarah McClendon released an article about a group of government-employed scientists and technicians who state definitively that UFOs and aliens are real and are from other worlds. This group claimed that intimidation is still rampant and people are afraid to come forward with evidence that the phenomenon is genuine.

“A group of government-employed scientists and technicians state definitively that UFOs and aliens are real and are from other worlds.”

McClendon stated that the Clinton administration had “many briefings on the subject.” Laurance Rockefeller, well known for his comments on visitors from outer space, was the Clinton advisor on the subject. It is claimed that a number of other government officials, including Al Gore, have been privy to these briefings and documents.

To force the issue, McClendon reported, the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (“CSETI”) was collecting a million signatures on a petition for a congressional hearing.


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