US government releases UFO report

For UFO enthusiasts and mildly interested onlookers alike, the US government’s most recent release on UFOs is a long awaited phenomenon in itself. Overall, the report is inconclusive as to a number of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), which are now known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in the report. 

The origins of the report are just as unusual as its findings. The report was just one of the many strange additions to the coronavirus relief package spending that surpassed $2 trillion dollars back in December 2020. The omnibus spending and corona-relief package included a stipulation that required an unclassified report on unidentified flying objects to be delivered as part of Congress passing the bill. The bill was set to be delivered to Congress within six months and feature everything known to the US government regarding unidentified objects flying over US airspace. The report ended up as a mere nine pages and was released on the last Friday of June 2020. Although it appears small it is the most full and direct report from the US government on the topic. 

One feature of the report is the heavily commented upon situation of Navy pilots reporting unidentified flying objects with erratic flight tendencies. These sightings are just some of the 144 reports of unknown flying aerial phenomenon featured in the report. Out of the hundreds of incidents included, only one so far has been able to be explained by experts: “We were able to identify one reported UAP with high confidence. In that case, we identified the object as a large, deflating balloon. The others remain unexplained.” This is the first time the US government has acknowledged the sightings to be of legitimate scrutiny following decades of public shaming for UFO enthusiasts. 

The report is ultimately inconclusive as to whether there is known alien life out there in the form of extraterrestrials. Whilst not conceding to the existence of alternative life forms, the report however does not for certain deny the possibility.