New NASA chief doesn't think UFOs are an optical illusion, according to interview
Bill Nelson began asking NASA's scientists to investigate UFOs during his first month on the job, he said in an interview with CNN.
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An upcoming Pentagon report on UFOs isn't expected to determine what the mysterious flying objects observed by Navy pilots are, but NASA is now among the government agencies interested in finding out.
In an interview with CNN, Bill Nelson, the space agency's new administrator who is a former Florida senator and spaceflight veteran, cast doubt on one explanation — that the objects are simply optical illusions. He added “I think I would know” if UFOs are evidence of extraterrestrials visiting Earth, although Nelson admitted it’s too early to rule out that possibility.
He said he began asking NASA's scientists to investigate during his first month on the job.
"We don't know if it's extraterrestrial. We don't know if it's an enemy. We don't know if it's an optical phenomenon," Nelson said. "We don't think [it's an optical phenomenon] because of the characteristics that those Navy jet pilots described ... And so the bottom line is, we want to know."