How Renewed Government Interest In UFOs Could Unlock New Scientific Discoveries

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 12:15pm
Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 1:30pm

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Drawing submitted to the NUFORC detailing a sighting in Lordsburg, New Mexico, on Jan.15, 2015.

American intelligence officials are set to release a declassified report this week on Department of Defense investigations into unidentified aerial phenomenon — better known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.

After decades of eye-rolling from intelligence officials, at least publicly, the military is taking these unexplained phenomena seriously. That change in posture might trickle down to the sciences — and treating UFOs as something more serious could unlock new scientific discoveries.

Christopher Impey is a distinguished professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona.

The Show spoke with him about UFOs and whether this government interest could legitimize the field of UFO research.

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