In the vast expanse of the universe, we cannot be the only ones... Uh, right?
Are extraterrestrials real? We don't know for sure, but we want to believe. Outer space is a huge expanse that we need to learn so much more about, which is why it is impossible to flat-out ignore the existence of other intelligent life forms.
If life can survive and endure in seclusion and in some of the most extreme environments on Earth (just look at tardigrades), other interplanetary life forms are also likely to have evolved and acclimatized to space conditions. "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."There are two possibilities: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Equally terrifying are both.
Several observations and hypotheses by some of the best minds in science point to the probability that in the cosmos there is something beyond us, so there is a reasonably good possibility that we have neighbors in the ether somewhere. Review the facts.
A training mission near San Diego became one on November 14, 2004, which Commander David Fravor can never forget, and remains one he can still not describe.
Fravor remembers seeing a Tic Tac-shaped object that flew much faster than any currently developed established weaponry capability. "We're flying brand new Super Hornets. It was an air defense exercise—two good guys against two bad guys," Fravor said in a video interview with the History channel. Everything seemed routine until Fravor and company were called upon by the USS Princeton for a real-world mission.
It wasn't long until Fravor and the other pilots noticed something strange change course: what seemed to be a sunken plane or submerged submarine moving erratically just under the surface of the water.
"It's white, it has no wings, it has no rotors, I go 'holy, what is that?'" said Fravor. The UFO had no windows, and it was confirmed that any exhaust fumes could not be picked up by infrared monitors.
Fravor claims it wasn't long before he got the better of him with his curiosity and he wanted to have a closer look. The craft surfaced, quickly climbed, and started to mimic Fravor's flight pattern as Fravor began to descend into the sea. Then it zipped past the nose of Fravor's jet in an instant and vanished.
They shared their encounters with the rest of the crew when Fravor and the other pilots got back to the Nimitz. Another pilot took off shortly afterward in pursuit of the UFO and succeeded. This pilot managed to get a lock on the Tic Tac, as the footage seen here happens to be.
The Navy released the video publicly (after it was first leaked), but maintains it was never intended to be seen by the public in the first place.
Several representatives of the U.S. in November 1944 The Air Force saw what would become known as "Foo Fighters," a name taken from a comic strip named "Smokey Stover" The Foo Fighters were identified as a sort of mysterious aircraft that glowed red, and with incredible ease could zip and turn through the skies.
Lt. Fred Ringwald, who happened to be a passenger in a night fighter that was flying over the Rhine Valley, was the first person to spot the lights. The airmen reported seeing eight to 10 planes lined up in a row. The group inspected with ground radar, worried that it could be enemy aircraft, who had not reported any odd activity. In preparation for combat, one of the pilots turned his aircraft around, only to find the lights had disappeared as suddenly as they appeared.
However, the sightings didn't end there. A different pilot saw what was identified as flashing red and green lights in mid-December 1944 that formed a T formation, which also vanished as quickly as they came. The airmen were suffering from "combat fatigue," the lights were a product of some kind of strange weather phenomenon, and while people tried to come up with reasons for them, they came from some new, revolutionary Nazi technology, they still remain a mystery.
Carl Sagan and Jill Tarter, two astronomers who believe there is more to interplanetary life than humans, founded the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute.
The mission of SETI is "to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence." The Institute operates as a research contractor with NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pool resources and explore the possibility of intelligent life on other planets.
Yep, there actually exists an entire scientific organization that seeks to find other intelligent life in the universe.
"A program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2007 to research "space-related phenomena that could not be easily explained, usually involving the presence of high-speed, unidentified aircraft," according to the Intelligencer of New York magazine.
Military intelligence official Luis Elizondo, who wanted to investigate rumors of UFO encounters, led the clandestine network. Elizondo left working at the Pentagon a decade later and reported to the New York Times the presence of AATIP.
An interesting, but apparently far-fetched, the theory was put forward by Avi Loeb, an impressively credentialed scientist who taught at Harvard and chaired the Astronomy Department of the University: the asteroid Oumuamua is actually space debris from an alien structure or a defunct alien space ship.
Coming from someone else, this may sound nuts. But again, Loeb knows something or two about space machinations. While the Oumuamua hypothesis is soaked up by truthers, however, Loeb's colleagues are extremely disappointed and angry that he has posited what they call an "insult [to] honest scientific inquiry."
NASA has recently reported that there are thousands of exoplanets, and we can only expect that number to expand as we develop the technology that is capable of accessing the lower regions of space.
This suggests that there are thousands of identified planets that have not been extensively investigated and many more pending explorations that may be made up of environments capable of sustaining life.
Who can argue that one (or several) exoplanets are not already home to extraterrestrial intelligent beings?
Source Popular Mechanics