Top US military officials have suggested that recent sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) could be probes sent from an extraterrestrial “mothership.”
Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), and Harvard professor Avi Loeb co-authored a draft paper claiming that recent UFO sightings could be probes from a “parent craft” using the sun’s gravity to detach and release them.
The researchers suggested that these interstellar vehicles could use starlight to “charge their batteries” and the Earth’s water as fuel.
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The paper suggested that extraterrestrial trans-medium probes might be attracted to habitable planets like Earth, where they could study or colonize the planet.
AARO was established last summer to study reported UFO sightings, and it has already received hundreds of reports of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs).
The paper, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, shows a significant shift from traditional policy, with the US government typically denying sightings as the ravings of cranks.
Recent events in US airspace, including the shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon and three other unidentified flying objects by the US Air Force, mean that interest in UFOs is at an all-time high.
Some scientists, however, have called the paper’s claims “highly questionable,” and David Jewitt, a professor of astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles, suggested that the military’s capabilities may not be best suited to the study of aliens.