NASA official says he doesn’t believe humans are alone in the universe

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on Sunday that he doesn’t think humans on Earth “are alone” in the universe.

“Are we alone? Personally, I don’t think we are,” Nelson said. “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,” he added.

Nelson spoke about a recently unclassified report from the federal government which details the sightings of 144 “unidentified aerial phenomena,” otherwise known as UFOs, since 2004. The report includes sightings made by Navy pilots.

“We don’t know the answer to what those Navy pilots saw. Now they know that they saw something. They tracked it, they locked their radar on to 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 added that the sightings by the Navy pilots “may not be extraterrestrial,” and could be new technology obtained by one of America’s adversaries. something he says should concern everyone. He went on to say that the government doesn’t believe that other countries have such technologies and that the answer will most likely be found somewhere in the cosmos.

“Remember, the universe is so large. 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,” he said.

Nelson is a former astronaut who currently serves as the administrator of NASA. He previously served as the United States Senator from Florida from 2001 to 2019.