Millions of people spend long nights looking up at the sky and trying desparately to find signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe short of building their own rocketship out of an old refridgerator and flying it to Mars on nothing but kerosene and hope. But after spending all that time wondering, looking and hoping, Space.com asks, is it all worth it?
Senior Space Writer Leonard David speaks to some UFO experts and organizations who say that new technology will help them prove their existence and show their importance to mankind. But he also talked to several aviation and scientific experts who state that scientifically it’s all based on tradition and not fact and the hope that one day, the world will reveal that UFOs do exist but that will never happen.
Here’s some of the more interesting quotes from the articles:
– “Physics is leading to new and potentially paradigm shifting understandings about the nature of our universe and its physical properties. These understandings may point the way towards an acceptance of the probability of interstellar travel and communication by spacefaring races.” – Ted Roe, Executive Director of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP).
– “UFO believers are convinced that the existence of UFOs will be revealed ‘any day now’. But it’s like Charlie Brown and the football: No matter how many times Lucy pulls the football away—or the promised ‘disclosure’ fails to happen—they’re dead-certain that the next time will be their moment of glory.” – Robert Sheaffer, fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, UFO writer
– “I can’t think of a single, major science museum that has alien artifacts on display. Contrast this paucity of physical evidence with what the American Indians could have shown you fifty years after Christopher Columbus first violated their sea-space. They could have shown you all sorts of stuff—including lots of smallpox-infested brethren—as proof that they were being ‘visited.” – Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute